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Snapdragon 800-powered Sony Sirius phone and Castor tab tipped for MWC debut

Sony had a fairly poor showing at CES 2014, at least compared with last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but word around the street is the Xperia creators will more than make up for it in February, during the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Sony Xperia Z1

Mind you, Sony did organize a press event in Las Vegas less than 24 hours ago, not completely snubbing CES. But what it had to present, a version of the Z1 for T-Mobile and the international Z1 f, aka Z1 mini, now known as the Z1 Compact, was far inferior in sheer media impact to the gadgets unveiled in 2013: the Xperia Z and ZL flagships.

Just don’t think for a second Sony gave Sin City the cold shoulder because there was nothing to flaunt. Instead, they’re likely holding off on spearhead launches for a little longer to not have their thunder stolen by subsequent Galaxy S5 or LG G3 announcements. Smart, right?

The only problem is the “Sirius”, which @evleaks vouches is Z and Z1’s sequel, may not have what it takes to start the battle against other 2014 high-enders on even ground. Apparently, a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 800 SoC is to power the 5.2-incher, putting it ever so slightly ahead of the Z1 in raw speed, but behind future S805-based contenders.


On the bright side, rumor has it none other than Verizon is to carry the Sirius, possibly alongside AT&T and/or Sprint. Not T-Mobile though, as they’ve just secured Z1s’ services.

But wait, there’s more. The groundbreaking Xperia Tablet Z is due for an upgrade as well, internally nicknamed “Castor”. No idea if buck teeth are in the cards, however a Snapdragon 800 chip and optional 4G LTE connectivity definitely are.

What say you, dear readers, no S805, no deal? Or would you rather wait for the complete picture(s) before ruling one way or the other?

Source: Twitter (1), (2)

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