A mysterious YouTube video has been uploaded, showing details of what could be the first Sony Ericsson mobiles, to come out early next year.
There's no information on where it's from or who it's by, so it could be anything between a cooked-up fantasy and a genuine leak. We contacted Sony Ericsson, and we'll let you know if we receive a confirmation or denial.
The vid shows specs of a Windows Phone 7 Xperia X7 handset, carrying a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen with 480x800-pixel WVGA resolution. It has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, with an 8.1 megapixel camera and HDMI output, as well as Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.
The Xperia X7 looks like a perfectly viable handset. That screen size has already been seen with the smart phone currently on the market., while it more or less matches the 8-megapixel camera. But a 1.2GHz processor would be a step up from existing Windows Phone 7 models, as well as every other
The Xperia X7 Mini has a not-so-mini 3.5-inch touchscreen, with a 1GHz processor. It also has a 10.1-megapixel camera, which would be the best resolution we've seen in a Windows Phone 7 device yet. It's reported to offer 720p video recording, a 3x optical zoom and a xenon flash. The video also mentions noise-cancellation headphones, to come bundled with the device.
It's particularly interesting that the Mini is marked to have a more advanced camera. With the Xperia Android handsets, the X10 Mini was generally considered a cheaper, low-spec version of the Xperia X10. This would not be the case here, as the camera looks pretty impressive compared to anything we've seen from the Windows Phone 7 hardware so far.
It's already common knowledge that Sony Ericsson is a Windows Phone 7 partner, with handsets in the offing. Considering how long it took to release its first Android device, the Xperia X10, a release next year for the Xperia X7 mobiles wouldn't be that much of a surprise.
But for now, all of this is simply hearsay. The images displayed in the vid are obviously just mock-ups -- a couple of rectangles filled with Windows Phone 7 imagery and a Sony Ericsson label at the top. But if the rumours are substantiated, Sony Ericsson could well be back in the game, especially if we see aand alongside the alleged new handsets.
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