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A couple of weeks ago, Xperia blog posted what appeared to be User-Agent Profile information revealing the existence of Sony's purported upcoming flagship, the C650X codenamed Odin.

The information seemed to point toward an Xperia device running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, with separate rumors suggesting a 5" display at 1080x1920 resolution (441ppi), a Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM.

Today, a photo has surfaced that, according to Concept-Phones, depicts the yet-unseen Odin. As with any other photo-based rumor, we had to take a closer look.

Analysis

First, here's the photo:

Nothing about this photo jumped off the screen at me besides what may be a "dummy case" surrounding the phone's chassis, so the first thing I looked at was the image's EXIF data. From the information available, we can see that the photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P510. Looking at images of the P510, the reflection on the device's screen checks out. What about the exposure itself? The EXIF data tells us that the photo was taken with the following settings: Shutter 1/500, ISO 100, f/3. I snapped off a couple of test exposures with these settings in direct sunlight, and they more or less lined up with the appearance of the photo.

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My exposure came out with less blown-out highlights than the photo in question, but is similar otherwise. This could be due to the P510's auto exposure compensation settings.

Something that may stand out is that my reflection is not as clear as in the purported Odin photo – this is because my image was shot at a significantly longer focal length, with the subject farther away. In the Odin photo, the subject was close to the camera, and the lens was at a mere 24mm focal length, meaning at f/3 the reflection could be a lot clearer than in my shot.

The only thing that could be considered suspicious about the Odin photo is that it appears to have been opened in Photoshop CS5 multiple times, and saved even more times between October 15th and 16th. Here's the metadata:

History When
2012:10:15 15:21:29+02:00, 2012:10:15 15:21:29+02:00, 2012:10:15 17:34:37+02:00, 2012:10:15 17:38:06+02:00, 2012:10:15 21:32:11+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:20:04+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:38:37+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:38:47+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:42:37+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:43:56+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:47:02+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:50:02+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:50:35+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:50:35+02:00, 2012:10:15 22:50:54+02:00, 2012:10:16 14:10:52+02:00, 2012:10:16 22:15:50+02:00, 2012:10:16 22:19:12+02:00

History Software Agent
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows

History Changed
/, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /

History Parameters
from image/jpeg to application/vnd.adobe.photoshop, converted from image/jpeg to application/vnd.adobe.photoshop, from application/vnd.adobe.photoshop to image/jpeg, converted from application/vnd.adobe.photoshop to image/jpeg

So what does this mean? The "History When" section tells us when the image was changed, from its original shoot time at around 2pm on the 15th to its final save at about 10:20pm on the 16th. "History Software Agent" tells us what software was in control of the image at a given time. "History Changed" shows us that the image was saved in the same location each time, and "History Parameters" shows us the way Photoshop saved the image, alternating between .psd and .jpg format several times throughout the process. What was done while the image was open in Photoshop is unclear, but the photo doesn't appear at first blush to have been heavily modified.

Is This The C650X?

The answer to this is a solid "maybe." The photo itself seems to be real. That is, it's a real photo of something. The only evidence available that it's Sony's unannounced C650X is the word of Concept-Phones' tipster. Other than that, there's no reason to believe that we're seeing Odin.

Further complicating things, we've seen compelling rumors of another unannounced Sony device called Yuga. This photo could represent that device. Alternately, it could be showing us a completely unrelated prototype.

In the end, I would take this photo with a grain of salt. While it's definitely a photo (and not a sophisticated Blender/Photoshop masterpiece), we can't say with any certainty what it's a photo of. That being said, all rumors point to a CES 2013 announcement for the Odin and/or Yuga, so we don't have too long to wait for official confirmation. Maybe.

Source: Concept-Phones

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Sven Enterlein

    I would buy that phone just because of its code name :D

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Love how you guys actually look into all the data with this. Every other site has just said 'This may be the new Sony Odin'. You guys actually look at the EXIF data.

    Best Android site, apart from The Verge, best tech site.

  • Kent Andersen

    nice detective work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/playerDACC Daniel Carvalho

    i dont know but that doesnt seem like a 5-inch screen to me. just saying that i think that it is not Odin. I hope im wrong because i like the front of the phone :b

    • Freak4Dell

      Yeah, that device actually looks to be a manageable size. Maybe the guy that took the picture just has giant hands, or maybe it's the angle, but it definitely doesn't look as large as other phones.

    • folkrav

      I own a Sony Xperia ZL, which has a 5-inch screen, and if I compare the picture, my phone takes less place in my hand than it does in his. This definitely looks like a 5-inch to me.

      • http://optimusblog.altervista.org/ G Flex

        This Xperia Odin is the prototype of your Xperia ZL =D

  • yippiedad

    I'd say fake! The reflection of the camera lens shouldn't be present with the phone tilted away from the camera... And with f/3 the sky can't possibly be as detailed as in that reflection. So based on the fake reflection I say it's just another Photoshop spoof!

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I think the reflection of the camera is totally reasonable. The clouds are questionable at first glance, but if you compare the bokeh (I hate that word) of the plants and dirt in the background to the level at which the clouds are diffused, they're about the same. Plus, it's difficult to say exactly where the focal plane fell in this image.

  • Gav456

    It's because of articles like this that you guys are my go2 android gurus. If anything android happens, you guys not only get there 1st, but report brilliantly! Roll on 29th - 1 week countdown has begun =D

  • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

    It's great to see that Sony's finally competing on hardware. Hopefully this will signal the end of Sony's flagships being always a generation behind. Seriously, they pitted the Xperia Arc against the S II and the Sensation with the Xperia S coming a bit later. By then it was actually competing against the S III and the Tegra 3 smartphones for attention. What's up with all those dummy cases though?

  • JG

    Excellent... So Occam is still floating around out there - waiting for Moto to finally lay claim to it (hopefully on/around the 29th after Google lets us know the Nexus program is open)... That'd be one epic phone, fully supported by Google on all ends....Not only Google Android running the phone, but Googleola supplying the hardware as well.... Hopefully that'll let Verizon allow Google/Moto to keep the phone updated on Nexus schedule & not on Verizon's...

  • oneillperson

    HTC DLX looks way better.

  • Larizard

    about a week more. let's wait for this phone to get into the "multiple nexuses" bandwagon.

  • chris

    Is it another Nexus X? :P

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