ONLINE RETAILER Play has pushed back its launch of the Sony Xperia S smartphone to 13 February.
The firm had originally pegged the availability for today, while rival retailers quoted dates in March. As we expected Play hasn't stuck with the date and has pushed it back, but it's kept the same price of £449.
We contacted Play, which told us that the delay is down to the supplier not meeting the schedule. We were also advised that popular demand for the handset could delay an order further than 13 February.
Online retailer Clove said, "We have had inquiries over the weekend as some other online retailers have been promoting the release date of the Sony Xperia S as today's date, Monday 30th January. This is incorrect and the release date for UK SIM-free stock remains the first week of March; we anticipate stock arriving on the 6th or 7th."
Ebuyer has a slightly later date of 12 March for the first handset without the Ericsson name, and the cheapest price of £429. Amazon has now added a product page for the smartphone with the same date and price as Ebuyer.
The Carphone Warehouse and O2 both have the Xperia S set to arrive in March on their coming soon pages. Phones 4U and Three will also stock the device but haven't yet said when.
When it does eventually tip up the Sony Xperia S will offer a 4.3in high definition display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 12MP camera, NFC functionality and an HDMI port. As far as we know it will come pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon after launch, according to Sony.
Sony has contacted us to confirm the launch date is planned for the first week of March, in line with the other retailers and mobile operators. µ