A trusted source of ours has given some very interesting information regarding Sony Ericsson’s 2012 smartphone line-up. If you remember, yesterday we brought you news of several new model numbers that were outed by user agent profiles.
The codenames for the higher end of that line-up are the Sony Ericsson Nypon (LT22i), Nozomi (LT26i) and Aoba (LT28i). Of course, we have heard of the Nozomi and Aoba previously, but not so much on the Nypon.
Apparently the LT22i (Nypon) will be very similar in appearance to the LT26i (Nozomi), but will have different guts internally along with a qHD display (540 x 960 pixels) as opposed to the 720 x 1280 pixel resolution of the LT26i (Nozomi). The Nypon will come with the dual-core ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 system-on-chip (SoC). This is important as it would mark the Nypon as the first Android Xperia smartphone that does not use a Qualcomm chipset.
The 45nm NovaThor U8500 chipset is easily capable of running Android 4.0 ICS. This chipset uses a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor and ARM Mali-400 MP1 GPU. Features include 1080 progressive scan video recording, support for 20MP camera sensors as well as built-in USB 2.0 and HDMI-out capabilities.
Incidentally, just today STE has published some videos of Android ICS running on the NovaThor U8500. We’ve included all three videos below that should give you a good idea of how well ICS will perform on the LT22 (Nypon). It is worth noting that all three videos are demoing ICS with hardware acceleration disabled, so the finished product should run even smoother. The board used in the video is using a 1GHz U8500 chipset with 512MB RAM.
In related news, the Sony Ericsson MT18 (Hjortron) has been cancelled according to our source, just as we speculated yesterday. As always, treat all of the above as a rumour for now.