Sony Ericsson’s Anzu Gets Previewed
We’ve covered Sony Ericsson’s Anzu, the rumored Xperia X10 successor on a previous occasion. We’ve also managed to gather several new details which will make the plot a bit more thick than expected. From this point on, expect the handset to be released on the market (there’s no doubt about it). The only details that may change are the actual spec sheet and features the phone will bring and possibly the name has when it hits store shelves. Never mind the fact that the Anzu is a long way from being officially announced. The handset has already received a preview from website mobile-review.com.
This new generation phone from Sony Ericsson should be released in the first few months of 2011, as initially expected. At the time of release the operating system you’ll see on it will probably be Google’s Android 2.2 aka Froyo. The operating system should get updated to 2.3 Gingerbread during the late summer of 2011, the same publication mentions. I’d jump to pick on Sony Ericsson that it’s using a previous version of Android yet again (when virtually all phone enthusiasts can’t wait to see Gingerbread released in the following weeks), but I guess it’s much better than the stunt the company pulled last time when it released Xperia X10 in the US with the same old 1.6 in the same time when most smartphones were already running 2.2. So yes, to be only one version behind other companies could be considered a step forward from the phone maker that hasn’t really released a lot of meaningful products in the past few months.
At this point in time, the X12 aka Anzu still has Android 2.1 Éclair on board. The choice in OS is apparently for engineering purposes. Apparently the handset won’t attempt to be a Galaxy S or iPhone killer. What Sony Ericsson is trying to do with this is build up on its previous flagship model, the Xperia X10. The X12 is thus thinner, lighter and features a larger display. On top of that it will come with multitouch support right out of the box. The processor under the hood is a 800MHz Qualcomm MSM 7230 one. The rest of the features include: a 4.3 (or 4.2) inch screen with a WVGA resolution, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Last time we talked about the Anzu, one of the most impressive features was the phone’s camera. Multiple sources can’t decide whether we’re talking about a 12 megapixel or 8.1 megapixel snapper, but both versions sound satisfactory. There’ll be some HD video recording as well. The most plausible scenario is the one in which you’ll get 720p HD video recording support. Mobile Review mentions that 1080 is definitely out of the question because the platform needed to offer that feature is still under development and can only come from Samsung (rather than Qualcomm’s chipsets) in the first few months of 2011. The 720p video recording on the X12 is said to go much more smooth and reliable than in the case of Xperia X10.
Another blog that you can find here has come up with a somewhat different spec sheet for the X12. It sounds like this : MSM7230 processor, 8.1 megapixel camera AF with Exmor R, 16x digital zoom, video recording 720p at 30 frames per second, stereo audio recording support, LED, face recognition and tracking in video recording, noise suppression, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, compass and Android Gingerbread. We don’t know whether this is the actual spec sheet but the blog mentions that the sources who revealed the info are trustworthy. Also, as you can easily tell, some of the hardware details keep repeating. As for the size of the handset (we could tell from the very first photos that it was exceptionally slim), its thickness should be 8.7 – 10.9 mm (slimmest and thickest area).
I personally think the Anzu sounds like a very promising handset, at least based on the details that were revealed so far. It’ll be interested to see how many of these rumored phones Sony Ericsson will end up releasing in the following months. We’re waiting for the Anzu, the Playstation Phone, two Windows Phone 7 handsets and a portable console from Sony. That’s as long as other rumors of other handsets don’t surface until the first few months of 2011. What do you think about the phone so far? Do you think it could prove a worthwhile rival for some of Samsung and Motorola’s popular handsets?11