In its attempt to revitalize and reinvent itself with a renewed focus on Android, Symbian Foundation, and Windows Mobile for its smartphone lineup, Sony Ericsson could out more than just the Symbian-powered Satio this year, as the Sony Ericsson Jalou might also follow suit later this fall. And if you can’t wait until then to see how it looks like and what it can do, be glad as spy shots of this new full touchscreen from Sony Ericsson has been leaked on the Internet.
Unfortunately, even if it might be next in the company’s Symbian lineup, there are very few available specs for this new handset in order to form an opinion about it. According to Internet sources, “Jalou” is a retail name, not a codename. Perhaps the rumor is not entirely inaccurate and the next Sony Ericsson cell phone, just like Satio (ex-Idou), will run Symbian S60 5th Edition with WiFi, quad-band GPS, and some form of tri-band HSDPA on board and while it wasn’t explicitly mentioned Bluetooth is more than likely.
Other possible features might comprise of a 3 inch touchscreen display, GPS navigation and a 5-megapixel camera. The buttons on the side of the so-called Sony Ericsson Jalou are reminiscent of those on the W995, the latest high-end Walkman line, but is quite chubbier. And if you take a look at the spy shots posted o the Internet, you’ll notice that thing under the screen – one would reckon it’s a flap maybe, like in the good ol’ days of the P-series, which ran the ill-fated UIQ interface for Symbian.
However, many have doubts regarding the handset, thinking it’s just an illusion. But if it will turn out to be real, the Swedish-Japanese company will have a decent range of OSes in their portfolio – its proprietary OS, which is pretty good for feature phones – multitasking and all, Windows Mobile with their X-Panels on top – the XPERIA X1 and X2, and finally the X3 (formerly Rachael) running Android.
A specs sheet on the device surfaced on it168.com, and it shows that the phone is headed for China, along with another Sony Ericsson device, Aino, but it should be available elsewhere too. Unfortunately, nobody knows when Sony Ericsson will make an official statement.