Today we bring you a new leak and a new tease, the latter courtesy of Sony Ericsson itself.
Let’s start with the leak. ITProPortal has many pictures of what it claims to be the Sony Ericsson Nozomi, which will end up being sold as the Xperia HD (so the ‘Arc’ moniker seems to have been dropped, as we previously heard this would be the Xperia Arc HD).
The Xperia HD will come with a 1280×720 HD touchscreen just like its name implies, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, a 12 MP camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage (that’s this model, there may be more with higher capacities), no microSD expansion slot, micro SIM, and it will run Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread. That’s unfortunate, since by the time this thing actually ships, Ice Cream Sandwich will have been on the market for many months.
The lack of expansion slot, combined with just 8 GB of storage and a camera that will surely do 1080p HD video is a bit baffling. Then again, perhaps Sony Ericsson isn’t targeting those who like to shoot videos with their phone – just the picture-takers. Odd are the decisions of phone makers sometimes.
Meanwhile on Facebook, Sony Ericsson itself is continuing a teasing campaign which has started a few days ago. This undoubtedly is supposed to keep fans of the brand interested ahead of an announcement next week during CES. So far the teaser images have showed us various bits of an upcoming device, although you couldn’t really form an opinion on it. Today though, we get our first actual look at the device, even if it’s just its back:
And interestingly, that’s clearly not an Xperia HD/Nozomi/Xperia Arc HD. Just compare the camera and LED flash placement. This means that Sony Ericsson is prepping not one, but two new high-end smartphones for the near future. Perhaps the Xperia Arc HD will be announced during MWC then, and this mystery handset teased on Facebook will make its debut at CES. We say ‘high-end’ because we doubt that Sony Ericsson would have gone through the pain of creating this campaign for anything other than a top of the line phone. Time will tell though.
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