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Over the next few months, dual-core phones with 720p HD displays will be the new standard by which all high-end Android phones will be judged and it looks like SONY Ericsson is already at work on a new phone which will allow them to play with the big boys.  Pictures, specs and benchmarks for the upcoming SONY Ericsson Nozomi (aka SONY Ericsson XPERIA Arc HD) made an appearance on the web this weekend, giving us a close look at what SE’s next generation handsets will look like.

Specs on the SONY Ericsson Nozomi include a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pixel display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most likely the same Qualcomm S3 chip found in the HTC Rezound), 1GB of RAM, rear and front-facing camera and an LED illuminated menu strip  below the screen which also wraps around the back sides of the phone.

The pictures we’ve been treated to also include Quadrant benchmark numbers. The 1,800 Quadrant score produced by the SONY Ericsson Nozomi isn’t going to impress anyone, but we’d like to remind you that Quadrant is intended for single-core devices and tests the devices 3D capabilities based on its native 1280 x 720 resolution. Performance on the Nozomi should be on par with phones like the HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Vigor and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The SONY Ericsson Nozomi is currently running on Gingerbread, but we suspect that SE will have Ice Cream Sandwich up and running in time for its debut at CES in two months.  Last year SONY Ericsson was the only OEM to show off a Gingerbread powered phone at CES and we suspect their new focus on Android will drive them to keep pace with the competition.

What do you think of the SONY Ericsson Nozomi? Will SONY be a viable competitor in the Android space in 2012 or have they fallen too far behind to compete with Samsung, HTC and Motorola?

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