Play.com, a United Kingdom based retailer, is listing the sleek Sony Xperia S as launching on January 30th. Despite being announced by Sony at CES 2012, the Xperia S — previously known as the Nozomi — was not given a launch date. Previous evidence suggested a launch in early March, but if Play.com’s information proves to be correct, then interested customers can get their hands on the Xperia S as early as January 30th.
As of now, Play.com is accepting pre-orders on the Xperia S for £449.99 or about $693, which is expensive, but you are purchasing a solid, high-end smartphone.
In terms of specs, the Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD touch screen display, Android 2.3, NFC, 12MP rear facing camera, 1080p video recording, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and a promised upgrade to Android 4.0 later in the year.
Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait for an official announcement by Sony confirming its ultimate launch date and pricing information, but at least Play.com is giving us something to go on.