The Sony Xperia 2011 was immensely successful. Not only were they popular devices worldwide, but Sony did a relatively good job keeping up with important updates and making sure they remained competitive. Well, they at least did better than most OEMs at keeping their devices up to date. Additionally, the developer support for the Xperia 2011 line up was first class. With all the devices being—more or less—compatible with one another, developers were able to port pretty much anything from one device to the next. This created an unprecedented pool of development that all Xperia users could enjoy.
Now Sony has begun releasing their 2012 line up and we’re hoping it’s just as good as their 2011 line up was. So far, the Xperia S, Sola, and U have been released and Sony is planning the release of at least three more devices: The Xperia TX, Xperia T and Xperia V. Aside from some pictures, not much else is known about the newest line of Xperia devices. It’s been confirmed that the Xperia TX is the LTE version of the Xperia T, so their specs are the same sans the radios. Otherwise, they have a 4.55″ HD display, a 1.5GHz dual core Krait processor, and a ridiculous 13MP rear facing shooter. Pair that with 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage and you have a couple of very competitive machines, capable of taking a run at popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One X. The Xperia V seems to be the budget phone in this threesome, with a 4.3″ display, 1.5GHz S4 Qualcomm processor, but still keeps the 13MP shooter.
All three of these devices are very impressive in terms of specs, but how do they perform? Very recently, a leaked graph of benchmarks were released to the world to see how they stack up against the competition. The LG Optimus 4X HD, the Galaxy S III, HTC One X, and Meizu MX quad core were the phones they were tested against and the results are rather surprising. On some tests, such as the Benchmark Pi test, the Xperia devices were outclassed by the sheer power of their quad core competition (keep in mind, the Xperias are all dual cores). However, in Quadrant and NenaMark2, the Xperia devices were able to get the best of the quad core competition. Best two out of three means that these devices really are top of the line and are capable of competing at high levels with their more well known Android brethren. Now, keep in mind these are graphics tests, so this really only applies to gaming, but with hardware acceleration being a part of Android now, you can bet that this does translate into some very promising experiences for future owners of these three devices.
Of course the big question remains: will they get the same level of development as the prior generation of Xperia devices? Time will only tell, but feel free to give us your thoughts on the matter. To see the benchmark tests, check out the source link.