Not satisfied with the high-end Xperia Z and ZL, and a bunch of other mid-range and low-end devices already released this year, Sony is preparing another top-of-the-line device, the Xperia A.

According to US regulatory authority FCC’s filings, the Xperia A will be headed to Japan under the model number SO-04E. Interestingly, this model number would suggest that it will take a spot above the Xperia Z, which has the SO-02E model number. However, we don’t see any reason why this particular phone should be placed higher than the Z. The FCC, helpfully, gives us some inkling of the phone’s specs.

The leaked image of the Sony Xperia A (Image credit: FCC)

The leaked image of the Sony Xperia A (Image credit: FCC)

The Xperia A will have a 5-inch 1080p display along with a 13 megapixel primary camera and 16GB of on-board storage. All this lines up perfectly with the Xperia Z’s specs, but the battery is listed as a 2300 mAh unit, which is slightly less than the water-proof Z’s battery. However, unlike both the Z and the ZL, the battery on the Z is removable, which is a great addition. The Xperia A will also have the same aluminium power button that has been a characteristic of all Xperia smartphones launched this year.

There are no details about the Xperia A’s CPU, but considering that this phone will launch in the second half of the year, we expect it to be fitted with a more modern SoC than the Snapdragon S4 Pro. Perhaps, a Snapdragon 600 or Snapdragon 800 SoC will be more in line with the newer flagships of 2013.

NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest carrier, is slated to reveal its new range of phones on May 15 and the list includes the SO-04E as well, so we won’t have to wait too long for an official look at the Xperia A.

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