More In-the-Wild Pictures of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi

Though Sony Ericsson has taken some grief over their handling of the Android operating system, these is little argument that the manufacturer does make some pretty stylish devices. Seen here for what seems like the millionth time is the handset codenamed Nozomi, the Sony Ericsson LT26i. Rumors put this one at 4.3-inches across its 720p HD display with a dual-core CPU running the show, the images reveal a non-removable battery, no discernible microSD card slot, a dedicated camera button, and HDMI output. Also present is a front-facing camera.

The design of the device is particularly appealing in a minimalist sort of way. The simple lines give the handset a refined look, and the Android buttons done up in chrome are a nice touch. We’re looking at Nozomi launching sometime in the first half of next year. We wouldn’t be too surprised to see it at CES in January, but if not February’s Mobile World Congress should most definitely host the phone’s public unveiling. Check out the full gallery at the source below.

[via GSMArena]

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  • BryanMacKenzie

    As far as I can tell that is not chrome.. but see-through kinda plastic.

    You can see the background through it and also see the home back and setting engravings from the back…

    • Brian Robinson

      I believe you are correct, from what I have gathered that whole “bar” lights up  adding to the design of the phone.

  • John

    in the wild?

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    The bezel sucks.  The name sucks.  You can buy phones now with those specs that are more stylish than this phone.  Fail.  I want my Nexus.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107214144202094295079/posts James

      Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean the phone sucks.

      • CalypsoArt

        Stop being an adult and making thoughtful comments.

        I actually kind of like the phone. The real problem with SE is that their corporate model requires so much time for a product to actually reach market that they will always be behind. Hopefully, they will figure out a way to streamline their process and make their products competitive.  As a designer, I find Sony to be one of the few companies with a design sensibility to rival Apple’s, and doing it without copying what apple does.

        • BryanMacKenzie

          Also I dont think that peak specs is what they are going for… I agree that they need to pick up the pace a little bit, but SE has always been cutting edge cameras with only nokia as competition. And the best design (the had brushed alluminum way before apple did but its always been black). From processor perspective they want good but not the latest nth-core processor.

          It would be nice if they picked up the new tech a little faster.. but honestly its a game no one can win. When your phone is 2 years old the specs will always be out of date… but at least with SE your phone still looks great… and for example the x10 has a 8mp camera that is pretty good (better than the new nexus camera and its 2 years old) just different prioities. Edit: when I say 8mp>5mp i’m talking about quality AND mp.. not just winning the biggest mp game.

    • BryanMacKenzie

      I doubt that the name is anything but internal code name but trolls always be a trolling

    • duong ngo

      It is not about spec. It is about how well the phone perform in real life.

  • Danny Welch

    Sony Ericsson may have mishandled Android updates in the past, but not recently.  I own the Xperia Play and it gets updates very quickly.  I’m very, very happy with the phone.

  • http://Phandroid deh2002

    Bryan is correct. That is a piece of plastic. It’s purpose is to show you what the dots above (which happen to be on screen buttons) do.

    • BryanMacKenzie

      I was feeling like I was the only one seeing it LOL. I wonder how the bottom part is connected to the top. The plastic is all the way through (dont see any wire lines or outline that could hide wires for comminication…). Seems reminicent of the xperia pureness…

  • Ksizzle9

    I agree, Sony has got a great sense of design, the have made some great phones the last year. they do seem to be a lil slow at getting them out but other than that,they make some nice hardware. Any one who has ever owned or played with the arc would have no question. Actually the xperia play runs pretty damn solid as well.

    • http://androidtidbits.com Guillermo Martinez

      I’m also loving its unique design. 

  • P8TRIOT

    How is it they can make this device any uglier? or is it just me? What next they want something idiotic like a dual screen smartphone….wait… that’s right it’s already be done and that WAS UGLY.

    • duong ngo

      I think it is just you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUFYGKI4YKCN62ZNYSSOEFE2CI Chris

    If they ever get it to support T-mobile I will probably get it.

  • Tarik Husejinovic

    I was thinking of getting this unlocked, but it looks like it gained a few pounds since the last time I saw it…

    • BryanMacKenzie

      possibly, but also if it is prototype it will be bigger than final version…

  • http://twitter.com/NERV_REl NERV

    It has the screen protector on already…lol

  • Arun Muralidhar

    icecreamsandwich has on-screen Keys for home back etc. So that manufacturers can do away with hard keys and save space. But this doesn’t go by that.

    • BryanMacKenzie

      Actually ICS does away with onscreen buttons because tablets NEED this functionality… and ICS merges phone and tablet so both support it.. personally I would rather have real buttons on my phone for back home and settings…

    • Nathan Hosford

      4.0 supports.Galaxy Nexus is getting bad feed back for its onscreen buttons
      so we will see lots of hardware keys still.

  • http://www.giquegear.com GiqueGEAR_Todd

    That might be the sexiest phone of 2011 (or would that be 2012 ?).  But I hate the uber-proprietary move of a non-removable battery.  Why would anyone do that?

    • Brian Robinson

      Same reason why most companies do it.  To offer a large device in a small form factor.  It’s all about the thinness these days. 

  • Shea Martin

    If you are going to make a phone with no removable battery, and no SD slot, why not make it more compact by not having a removable back panel.

    The iPhone doesn’t have those things either, but the reason for that is that it has such a compact design, and they didn’t want to sacrifice style. So at least there is a feeling of a trade off. This phone is sacrificing those features for what?

    And why plastic! There are enough plasticy Android phones out there. I was excited for this phone, but now I am a little disappointed.

    • BryanMacKenzie

      Sony usually has black or brushed allumium frame with a glass front (way before apple did). Then the back is plastic. Only reason I see for the back cover is so that there are less slots on the side for sim card.

      The x1 had a metal cover that was removable and it was nice but I can honestly say the plastic one is nicer. dont have to worry about denting or sraching when taking the back cover on/off… but if the cover was not removable then I would agree metal is nicer.