Rumors, as we've always mentioned, should be taken with a pinch of salt, even with leaked press shots. However, should the rumors prove to be true, we are looking at Sony Ericsson's first dual-core smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo.
According to digi.tech.qq.com, the as yet unannounced Xperia Duo could use a few possible chipsets. This includes ST-Ericsson's U8500 or A9500 chipset. The NovaThor A9500 chipset, based on the source, will supposedly outperform the Mali-400 GPU found on the Samsung Galaxy S II by approximately 20%. The alternative setup could involve the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 8260 chipset that's found on the HTC Sensation.
In both cases, the rumors are pointing to a dual-core processor with a 1.4GHz clock speed, exceeding that of the 1.2GHz set on the Galaxy S II and Sensation. Further to that, the Xperia Duo could be loaded with 1.5GB of RAM on top of an 8GB internal storage.
Adding on to the rumors is the Xperia Duo's display. It is highly likely to feature the Bravia Mobile engine that was first shown on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. To up the ante against its immediate competitors, the Xperia Duo could possibly come with a 4.5" qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display.
For imaging purposes, a 12-megapixel camera utilizing a second generation Exmor R sensor is a likely candidate. The real interesting bit is the juiced up 2500mAh battery that's still unheard of from the current dual-core smartphone lineup. And of course, the likely operating system running the show would be Google Android 2.3.
When approached, Sony Ericsson was unable to comment on unannounced products.