Sony Ericsson reveals more clues of new Xperia device

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Update: A closer inspection of the picture reveals the dedicated camera button to be virtually identical to the one on the Xperia arc and arc S. The previously thought HDMI port is actually a microUSB port that again, when compared to the Xperia arc, looks pretty much the same. Could the HD lettering in the picture also mean that the new device will carry the “HD” monicker? If this is true then are we looking at the Xperia arc HD? A picture of the Xperia arc is available for comparison after the jump. See for yourself.

Sony Ericsson is expected to unveil its new flagship smartphone (or two) at CES 2012 that’s happening next week on January 10.

Building up to the launch, Sony Ericsson has released a couple of clues in the form of pictures posted on its global Facebook page. One, released yesterday, suggests that Sony Ericsson might unveil a Windows Phone-based Xperia and this latest one shows some elements of the new device.

The image suggests that the new Xperia is going to be a camera-centric phone with a dedicated camera button. There’s also an HDMI out. On top of that, the picture almost certainly lay to rest the rumour that Sony Ericsson is unveiling a Windows Phone Xperia – just look at the right bottom corner of the picture, the camera toggle soft-switch doesn’t look consistent with what you would see on a Windows Phone device. First clue revealed yesterday is available after the jump.

We’re expecting to see more than one device to be unveiled. One is the LT28at (also known as the Xperia ion). The LT28at is said to have a large 4.55-inch HD Reality Display with 1280×720 resolution with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The main highlight of the LT28at is the massive 13MP camera that features a back-lit Exmor R sensor. On top of that, the front facing camera is said to be capable of doing 720p videos.

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The other one is the Nozomi (aka Xperia arc HD). While the official name is not yet known, some of the specs have. The Nozomi will come with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread — yes, Gingerbread and NOT Ice Cream Sandwich. It will feature a 4.3-inch LCD display with 720p resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). There’s also apparently a whopping 12 megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video recording. You also get a HDMI out to push those 1080p video easily to your HDTV. The device will be powered by a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM to keep things smooth.

We won’t be at CES but Sony Ericsson will be having a regional event in Shanghai at the same time as CES and we will be there to see what Sony Ericsson has in store for 2012. As always, will keep you updated. You know what to do.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts about this latest clue?

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Side profile of the Xperia arc shown here for comparison. Click for high-res image

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