Sony Ericsson is set to launch an Android-based phone currently codenamed Rachael that could make the iPhone 3GS look like a Skoda next to a Jaguar.
According to mobile phone website Mobil.nu which managed to get hold of the internal details of Rachael, the smartphone is expected to be unveiled later this year and will be part of Sony Ericsson's Xperia range of products.
Like Toshiba's TG01, it will be powered by the Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset which runs at 1GHz, significantly faster than the iPhone 3GS. Snapdragon also includes superior 3D capabilities, faster than a Microsoft Xbox. It is also likely that the phone will come with MicroSD compatibility rather than M2.
Based on pictures obtained by Mobil.nu, the phone will also have a mini USB and a 3.5-mm connector (ed: Sony finally gave up on proprietary technology). There's also a 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and what appears to be a Xenon flash.
The touchscreen appears to be a 4-inch capacitive model but should be able to display 800x480 pixels in glorious colours. Expect Rachael to offer HSPA speeds of up to 7.2mbps but no physical keyboard - the phone appears to be too slim for that.
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Sony Ericsson has a fighting chance with this new Rachael Android phone if it is priced correctly. We like it based on the specs alone but let's hope however that they release it ASAP rather than wait for next year.
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