Last week, we announced Xperia™ neo L, a new smartphone aimed at consumers in China. Xperia™ neo L is the follow up to the popular Xperia neo and Xperia neo V and boasts a large 4.0” screen. It will be available in China in the second quarter of 2012. Get more details after the jump.
Recently, we’ve introduced the new, China-specific smartphone Xperia™ neo L, featuring:
1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon with Adreno 205 graphics processor.
4” capacitive touch screen display.
UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I).
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900.
1 GB internal phone storage (up to 301 MB user free memory).
512 MB RAM.
Memory card slot: microSD™, up to 32GB.
5.1 MP camera.
Front-facing camera (VGA).
720p HD video recording.
Ambient light sensor.
Google™ Android™ 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Fluid graphics and low power utilisation
Xperia™ neo L comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255 processor for stunning, fluid graphics and lower power utilisation. You’ll also find the Adreno 205 GPU for smoother, more efficient 2D rendering, and which allows for support of a number of APIs, including OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG 1.1. For more information on OpenGL, see our previous blog post on 3D for Android.
Supported SDKs and distribution channels
If you’re ready to start developing or testing against the Android 4.0.3 platform, you’ll first want to use Android SDK API level 15. From there, we offer a wide range of SDK and developer tools are available in conjunction with developing for Xperia™ neo L. With the Smart Extension SDK, you can create apps for Smart Extras™ accessories (SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro). The LiveView SDK lets you extend existing Android™ apps to make use of the unique features in micro display accessory. You can also create extensions that enhance the capabilities of Timescape™ and Music player, signature apps in every Xperia™ smartphone, by using our Extension Developer Kit (EDK). Creating games for Xperia™ neo L can be done easier with the Unity game engine. See our previous blog posts on using Unity for game development.
As with all Xperia™ smartphones in China, Xperia™ neo L comes preloaded with the PlayNow China storefront widget, which provides easy access to an extensive library of the latest mobile apps and games. If you’re a developer located in China and have an app that you’d like to submit to PlayNow China, you can send it to PlayNowCN at sonymobile.com. Please note that, at the moment, only developers located in China can be considered for PlayNow China submissions, due to limited resources.
Availability and colours
Xperia™ neo L will only be available to consumers in China in the second quarter of this year. The available colours are glossy black and glossy white.