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Sony Ericsson Nozomi image surfaces

What looks to be a press shot of the rumoured Sony Ericsson Nozomi has surfaced.

What looks to be a press shot of the rumoured Sony Ericsson Nozomi has appeared online, showing an Xperia mobile that we think looks rather striking.

The image comes courtesy of Xperia Blog, and while the picture doesn't tell us much, it gives us an idea of what we can expect from the new mobile, which is code named Nozomi, and also known by the cryptic code, 'LT26i'.

Discerning the specs of this monolithic mobile is tricky with so little information, but earlier leaks would suggest that it's packing a camera capable of recording 1080p resolution video footage. By doing that thing painters do where they hold their arm out with their thumb up against a paintbrush and close one eye, we'd guess that's a 4.3-inch display.

The Nozomi could well be the Xperia Arc HD of legend -- a phone that's expected to arrive with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution display. We wouldn't be surprised if that turned out to be the final name, though guesses based on previous leaks also have Xperia Cloud pegged as a potential moniker.

The Nozomi will likely arrive running Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest version of Android. All Xperia phones released this year will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point.

The branding on the top of the phone proudly displays the Sony Ericsson logo, but with Sony buying out Ericsson's half of the partnership, we wouldn't be surprised if it's one of the last mobiles to arrive carrying both names.

Other Sony Ericsson phones in the pipeline are bearing the code names Nypon and Aoba.

When can we expect to see more? Possibly in early January at the CES show in Las Vegas, or perhaps a bit later at Mobile World Congress in February. In the meantime, tell us what you'd like to see from next year's Xperia blowers, by way of the comments box or our Facebook wall.

Image credit: Xperia Blog