A new set of images have thrown new light on the much-anticipated Sony Xperia U, showing a smartphone that could be a 'mini' version of the flagship Sony Xperia S, which launched at the CES show as Sony's first NXT phone.If you've missed the last few weeks, you may recall that the Sony Xperia U was originally doing the rounds as the Sony Kumquat, the Japanese giant obviously having second thoughts about a naming sequence based on small fruit. But small is apt with the Xperia U. As the photos show, it really does look like a smaller version of the Xperia S, hence the early codename. With the exception of the branding (the new, presumably prototype phone still showing the 'Sony Ericsson' name), it's hard to choose between the two, size aside.In terms of specs, there's no new information. That should mean a 1GHz dual-core processor, 3.5-inch (480x854) display and a five-megapixel camera, which means a scaling back of features, as well as size. The Xperia U is expected to be unveiled at the MWC event in the coming days alongside the Sony Xperia P. That particular phone slips into the range between the previously-mentioned smartphones, offering up a NovaThor U8500 dual-core 1GHz processor, four-inch qHD screen and an eight-megapixel Exmor R camera.Look out for the official launch details soon and expect the new phones to be sat on the racks as spring heads towards summer.
Source: Xperia blog