Sony Ericsson’s current flagship, the Xperia Arc S, seems grossly underpowered when compared with the dual-core beasts from other major Android smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG. While Sony Ericsson got its software segment in order in 2011, it was let down by the hardware department. It made a lot of right calls to woo the Android aficionados, including shipping devices with Gingerbread, unlocking the boot loader, and even officially providing support to the ROM development community. Both the Arc and Arc S are stunning handsets with a gorgeous body and a snappy operating system. Unfortunately, under the hood, both of them house a single core CPU that make the Xperia devices a dubious choice for the demanding consumer.
The good news is that Sony Ericsson’s next flagship device is indeed going to be a dual-core power house that can compete with the latest and greatest from other smartphone manufacturers. The device, which is currently going by the name Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi LT26i, will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and have 1 GB of RAM. Here are some leaked snaps by the way of JustAmp.
Nozomi will sport a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, with a massive resolution of 1280×720 pixels. While Google’s Nexus Prime also has similar resolution, it has a slightly bigger screen, which means that the Nozomi will have an advantage as far as pixel density is concerned. Detailed spec-sheet for Nozomi is currently not available; however, from the leaked snaps it is clear that SE will include both front and rear cameras. The pictured handset is running Android Gingerbread 2.3.5, but this can change before release. Given that the handset will probably be released in Q1 2012, Sony Ericsson should ideally launch its next flagship with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).