Looks a humdinger but how long will we have to wait?
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…