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Sony Ericsson Dual Core HD "Nozomi" Phone To Take On iPhone 5 Next Year

March 2012 might appear to be a long way from now (half a year) but Sony Ericsson is apparently going to be launching a new smartphone then codenamed Nozomi, a handset that will be the flagship device for the company for the rest of the year.

A source close to Sony Ericsson told XperiaBlog that the phone will come with a 1.5GHz dual core SoC (probably a Qualcomm model), 1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 4.3-inch display with an HD ready resolution (1280x720 pixels).

This would give the Nozomi an even higher pixel density than the iPhone 4 (342ppi vs 326ppi); the phone will also be the first from Sony Ericsson to come with a microSIM like the Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4. It will also sport a 1750mAh battery and NFC capabilities but will lack any memory card option which, we suspect, means that we might see a Windows-based Nozomi version as well.

Expect the phone to be launched at the annual Sony Ericsson party at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, and to replace the Sony Ericsson ARC S at the top of SE's portfolio.

It is likely that the follow-up to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, the Xperia Pro and the Xperia Play - the one we're most eager to see - will also be presented.