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First Sony Ericsson Android Smartphone Leaks

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First Sony Ericsson Android Smartphone Leaks

As usual Sony Ericsson is playing catch-up, but could this latest step forward prove a hugely important one for the company...

According to site mobile.nu these are renderings of the conglomerate's very first Android based handset, currently codenamed 'Rachael'. Much like the 12 megapixel Satio, Rachael is said to be a full touchscreen handset with a screen size of no less than four inches and a mooted 800 x 480 pixel (WVGA) resolution. What type of touchscreen we'll see is unknown (capacitive or resistive, multi-touch capable or not) but it will come with an 8MP autofocus camera, 7.2Mbit HSDPA and 3.5mm headphone jack. Interestingly, mobile.ru lists a mini USB port as well but the shots seem to show a micro USB connector which would fit in with the universal charger standard to which the company is committed.

Perhaps most exciting of all however is Rachael will apparently be based on Qualcomm's lightening QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset which offers CPU clock speeds up to 1GHz and powerful 3D graphics rendering. Furthermore, unless it is severely crippled, Snapdragon should provide the smartphone staples such as WiFi and aGPS. Given Sony Ericsson's recent decision to drop Memory Stick Micro Rachael will also likely feature a microSD expansion slot.

Naturally enough no date and pricing has been placed on Rachael at this stage but I'd figure late Q3 with a potential launch before the end of the year. Any later and the already troubled handset maker could be too far out of touch to claw things back...

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via mobile.ru

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Ahlan

July 6, 2009, 4:14 pm

- CPU clock speeds up to 1GHz and powerful 3D graphics rendering.


- Android








MUST BUY!

DavidDB

July 6, 2009, 4:20 pm

It looks lovely - But then I fall in love every time I see a new Android





Off topic news just in - David Cameron to strip Ofcom's powers and cut the regulator "by a huge amount" if he wins election.





I worry about cutting regulators, who is out there protecting consumers, ensuring fair play in the marketplace, Cameron should be promising he will push OFCOM into providing best practice, universal coverage and encouraging the UK and European networks into building and exporting world class products at world beating prices.





But if the networks are bankrolling the next election what are the chances?

rav

July 6, 2009, 4:56 pm

the hardware looks good but the specs don't sell it to me any more.





trying out the htc magic finally converted me from WM to android and i'm just waiting for the hero now. the sense UI sealed it for me. they've really made an effort to differentiate their handset and add value on top of the standard OS.

Greg17b

July 6, 2009, 5:24 pm

Looks interesting, and if it is Q4 should tie in nicely with my contract ending.





I wonder if O2 will pick up another exclusive with this like with the Pre, to protect their iPhone share. Sort of like Chelsea buying up everyone a few years back to stop anyone else having them.

Brian ONeill

July 6, 2009, 5:47 pm

Remember the xperia buzz?





Its pretty guaranteed sony will mess it up with a massive price tag and some annoying feature that will restrict your use.

HarryGlass

July 6, 2009, 6:38 pm

Does look good. Indeed could be the best phone in the market depending on how quickly they can bring it to market. Sony build quality with Android onboard, has to be a winner. Be interesting to see if they customise the UI with any Walkman or Cybershot software.





@ravmania: You can put the Sense UI onto other Android phones. Personally I'm almost certainly going to get the Samsung i7500 when it comes out (28th July on 02 supposedly). No 3.5m headphone jack rules out the Magic for me. This looks even better than both of them, but I've been waiting long enough for a new phone.

rav

July 6, 2009, 7:17 pm

@HK


I appreciate that but I don't want to constantly root my device and then flash a new ROM. It's one of the reasons I'm moving away from WM. It's fun for a while but gets boring and tedious.

Jmac

July 6, 2009, 7:25 pm

I am all over this if it lives up to its specs and that leaked shot.

HarryGlass

July 6, 2009, 7:29 pm

@ravmania: Fair enough, but I thought it'd be possible to do without rooting the device. Same goes for when Android 2.0 comes, but maybe I'm mistaken. Either way, as long as you get the device you want. I missed the fact you're waiting for the Hero, it's got a headphone jack, so my point was mute. The camera flash & AMOLED screen still tip me Samsungs way over the HERO, but it's a hard call the HTC looks gorgeous.

rav

July 6, 2009, 7:47 pm

@HK


If it can be done without rooting I'd definitely be interested. Will have to look into it. The only problem with Sense is that you can't update Android over the air because it's not the standard Android build which could be a pain.





The Samsung does look nice but I'm getting itchy feet and want something soon! Also, I like the size of the magic & hero. The screen is just right and the handset is still fairly small. The camera doesn't really matter to me but the AMOLED screen would be great. The headphone jack is useful too but I always use A2DP. Regardless, looks like lwe'll be spoiled for choice soon though.

Chris

July 6, 2009, 8:52 pm

@ravmaina


I'm with you on the size. I like a big screen as much as the next guy, but if the phone doesn't fit in my pocket then there's no point.





At least it doesn't have an Arnie-esque chin sticking out at an angle, so that should make it a bit more pocketable than its HTC brethren.

biggles4u

July 6, 2009, 10:45 pm

i for one think android makes a good operating system and experience. though just because the cpu can go up to 1Ghz i dont expect this handset to do so, they say "up to" for good reason.


call me cyncical but i am weary of an phone that relies soley on the touch-screen, with no navigational keys nor trackball, Apple did it and got it right and ive been playing with the android emulator and am unsure if android is suitable for such navigation. further being an X series, should we expect the "panels" like interface- along with a ridicuously long wait and then outrageously high pricetag?

HarryGlass

July 6, 2009, 10:55 pm

Well the Sammy is slightly taller but much thinner than the Hero, so I'd go for it personally size wise. I also didn't think the Hero was coming out til December, but maybe I'm totally mistaken there. The Samsung is out end of this month or start of next depending where you read.





http://www.gsmarena.com/compar...





Same screen size, no?

sonisoe

July 7, 2009, 8:48 am

like almost always, another great design from SE. am a SE fan before the iphone, android, and the pre, but after a couple of nokia and samsung, i thought SE was the most user-friendly if you wanna do any kinds of phone settings.... just a pity theyre not doing so great...

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