Code-named “Rachel,” the smartphone is expected to be officially announced later this year as part of Sony Ericsson’s expanding line of Xperia products, which so far includes the Windows Mobile-based X1 model. It is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform (QSD8250), capable of up to 1GHz processor speeds and 7.2Mbit per second HSPA downlink speeds, and will feature a promising 8.1-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. In addition, the phone boasts a pressure-sensitive touch screen that measures roughly 4 inches diagonally, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and a miniUSB port.
Depending on its release date, Sony Ericsson’s upcoming device could run Android 2.0 – also known as the Donut update – and perhaps even offer Flash support. That, however, is just speculation for now.