The rumor mill has been filled with stuff pertaining to the next Sony Ericsson flagship device lately. Let’s not forget that this will probably be the last high-end smartphone to sport the Ericsson brand, since the phone maker will use just the Sony name starting next year. As such, the Nozomi, for that’s its codename, will be an interesting ‘last of a kind’ handset. But that’s not all that will make it desirable. It will come with some pretty top-notch specs too.
Nothing earth shattering, mind you, for Sony Ericsson was never the company to jump to new hardware as soon as it’s available. No, in fact the company still doesn’t have any dual-core phone on the market, and the Nozomi may just be its first.
Which brings us to the specs. Most of what we’ll tell you we’ve heard before, but this leak adds some more details. First of all, the Nozomi may end up being sold as the Xperia Arc HD, although a recent other leak came to contradict that notion. The truth is that the actual commercial name of this device hasn’t been conclusively leaked yet. So we’ll keep calling it Nozomi until that happnes.
The Nozomi will reportedly have a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 12 MP camera with 1080p full HD video capture, an HDMI port, a 4.3-inch 1280×720 HD touchscreen, and no microSD card slot whatsoever. You’ll apparently have to make do with the 16 or 32 GB of integrated storage. Also in the bad news category: the Nozomi will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sure, it’s probably going to get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich eventually, but considering that this device is still a few months off by all accounts, it’s sad to see Sony Ericsson not do its best to ship it with the latest version of the operating system.
The Nozomi will probably get announced early next year, either during CES in January, or during MWC in February. Until then, expect many more rumors about it to pop around. And us to cover them.