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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.