Following the announcement in September that Sony was buying out its partner of ten years, the number of new phones bearing the double-barrelled name would be limited and what we could be seeing here is the last major release as Sony Ericsson.
The phone pictured here is codenamed the Sony Ericsson Nozomi but possibly coming to market as the Sony Ericsson Arc HD. The HD in the name refers to the 4.3in LCD display which has a HD resolution of 1,280x720 pixels.
These pictures, which were sent to GSMArena, show that the phone will come with a non-removable battery and won't have a microSD card slot either so you're stuck with whatever local storage is inside. It will also be using a Micro SIM card like the iPhone and Nokia Lumia 800.
The Nozomi is rumoured to feature a 12 megapixel camera with Full HD video recording, a HDMI port to output the video to your TV, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon SoC, 1GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage.
According to rumours the Nozomi will come running Android 2.3.5 rather than Ice Cream Sandwich which we would be hoping most flagship Android handsets would be coming with in 2012.
There is no indication so far as to when the phone will be launching, but with CES fast approaching in early January, we would expect to see some news in Las Vegas where the original Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was launched earlier this year.
Source: GSM Arena