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Nov 072011

Sony Ericsson seems to have finally broken through in creating its first dual-core Android device, hinting us with what we could expect as Sony Ericsson’s flagship smartphone for the year 2012.

Israeli Android forum site iAndroid posted a few leaked images and specs of the Sony Ericsson Nozomi, also said to be launched as the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc HD.

The smartphone in the leaked photos is currently running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but we could be expecting an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrade for the phone in time for its rumored debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in January next year.

At last year’s CES, Sony Ericsson was the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to showcase Gingerbread-powered phones. Thus, we believe the Sony Ericsson Nozomi (Sony Ericsson Xperia arc HD) will be the company’s next ICS flagship for unveiling at the upcoming event.

The Android smartphone is also reported to sport the following specs:

  • 4.3-inch pixel display
  • 1280×720 resolution at 320 DPI
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage

As you can see in the pictures, the device will sport a rear and front-facing camera. Although not officially announced, rumors claim that its main camera uses a 12-megapixel Sony Exmor R lens and sensor.

Its processor would probably be the same Qualcomm S3 chip found on the HTC Rezound, and the Sony Ericsson Nozomi (Xperia arc HD) reportedly has enough knuckles to challenge existing powerful Android smartphones such as the HTC Rezound, HTC Amaze 4G, Motorola RAZR, and Google GALAXY Nexus to a bloody street fight.

Based on the leaked photos, the unannounced Xperia smartphone will be enclosed in a white rectangular chassis. We could not tell if it sports physical or capacitive buttons, but it most likely will have the same virtual buttons found on the GALAXY Nexus.

At the bottom of the phone is a strip of what appear to be LED notification lights. The strip also wraps around to the back of the phone.

As to whether this HD Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson will shake a smartphone market already suffused with smartphones sporting 720p displays–we’ll find out soon enough.

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