Back in May we got a glimpse of Sony’s budget offering in the works, codenamed ST26i which we later learned, would be called the Xperia J upon launch. The phone has once again turned up but this time we have clearer images of the handset along with some of the colour options it will be available in. The Xperia J will be an entry-level droid for Sony bearing the same squared-off design like the rest of the Xperia series. The picture simply shows the phone from the back so all we see is the camera and the LED. Despite it being an entry-level phone, the Xperia J will sport a large 4-inch touchscreen with a WVGA resolution. The phone is still powered by the older MSM7227 Snapdragon S1 chipset, which features a 1GHz CPU and the much older, Adreno 200 GPU.

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It’s a little puzzling where Sony will place this phone in their line-up because even though it has a large screen, the specifications are still much older than some of their 2011 models as well. It seems that the 4-inch display is not of the best quality, which is how they are able to deliver such a wide display for a low price. If they can launch this phone in the Rs.10,000 – Rs. 12,000 price bracket, then this could set a new bar for entry-level Android phones. In this price range, we also have Nokia’s entry-level Windows Phone offering like the Lumia 610 to watch out for. The phone will most likely ship with Android 4.0 as it seems ludicrous for Sony to stick with Gingerbread. However, whether or not it will get a smooth upgrade patch to Jelly Bean is still unknown because the older hardware in the Xperia J could hold it back. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Here are the specifications of the phone that we know of:

  • 4.0-inch display with a 854 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi (Hot spot), Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • 5 megapixel sensor (Rear) with LED flash
  • Stereo FM Radio

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