Sony Ericsson LT26i Nozomi (Xperia Arc HD) smiles for the camera

Like every other phone maker out there, Sony Ericsson is busy working on its next flagship smartphone. And since the company is pretty much committed solely to Android as a smartphone platform, it’s quite clear what operating system it will run.

This next high-end Sony Ericsson device will have the model designation LT26i, and we’ve heard leaked tidbits about it a couple of times so far. First we were told it was called Nozomi, but frankly that sounds a lot more like a codename than something you’d see on the market. Then, just a few days ago, rumor had it that the Nozomi would be sold as the Xperia Arc HD. And that, judging from SE’s past naming conventions, seems reasonable.

We’ve heard that this would be a beast of a device and would come with a 720p HD touchscreen. However, we’ve never seen the Nozomi / Xperia Arc HD up close. Until now.

 

As you have undoubtedly gathered, the above images represent the Sony Ericsson LT26i, codenamed Nozomi, and which may be called Xperia Arc HD when it launches. The pictures come from iAndroid via Android and Me, and offer a glimpse at a handset that seems incredibly thin.

We’re hoping this is a test device or something like that and the phone will actually launch running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and not the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread that this unit runs. It would be a pity to see the Xperia X10 fiasco all over again (in short: a phone launched with a version of the OS that was outdated).

Rumored specs for the Xperia Arc HD include a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, front and rear cameras, and that interesting LED illuminated menu strip which stretches to the back of the phone.

The Nozomi is set to be unveiled at CES in January, or perhaps during MWC in February at the latest. By then, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and a 720p HD touchscreen won’t be the novelties they are today, but that’s just fine. Software tweaking is sometimes more important than having the latest (sometimes buggy) hardware. We’re looking forward to seeing more leaks about this handset.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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