Sony Ericsson XPERIA Halon previewed ahead of launch, loved

20 January, 2011

Another Android-running Sony Ericsson handset leaked today. Unlike most of its rumorland fellows the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Halon enjoyed an extensive preview, rather than just a few blurry shots. Even better, the smartphone passed the test with flying colors and looks like one of the hot prospects for this year.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Halon (also referred to as Vivaz 2 by the reviewer Eldar Murtazin) is built around the Qualcomm MSM7630 Snapdragon platform, featuring a 1GHz Scorpion CPU and the Adreno 205 GPU. There is 512 MB of RAM on board so you can bet the Vivaz 2 won't have trouble with multi-tasking.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Halon (Vivaz 2) live shots

The display of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 is larger than that of the original Vivaz, though we are not sure how big exactly it is. The FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels) and the Gingerbread version of the Android operating system are confirmed though. The Hallon also makes use of Sony Ericsson BRAVIA Mobile engine for the display.

There's an 8 megapixel camera with a backlit Exmor R sensor at the back, capable of recording video of up to 720p resolution. It's the same unit as in the XPERIA Arc so you could expect pretty pleasing images, we guess.

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The XPERIA Halon screen compared to the Galaxy S Super AMOLED

The XPERIA Halon user interface is identical to what we saw on the XPERIA Arc. You can check out our preview to find out what that looks like.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Halon should be officially announced at the MWC next month. It is expected to hit the shelves in April, asking for an estimated 320-350.

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  • bongz

please give it to the masses

  • lalalalalala

exactly ! i can't think about it having (almost) the same specs of xperia arc and it cheaper ? that just doesn't make sense .. its either the price is not correct or the specs isn't ..

  • lalalalalala

its gonna be cheaper that xperia arc .. but has the same specs .. isn't that ridiculous ? SE is killing arc with this ? or maybe the price here is not real .. hmm ? nice phone though .. but i just dont like the plastic body, htc's aluminum body makes...