By its own admission, 2010 was a fairly rough year for Sony Ericsson. And while it had its merits, there's no doubts that the Sony Ericsson Vivaz was one of many handsets in the company's portfolio that flattered only to deceive.
But SE says it has learned its lesson, and true to its word here we have its successor, having cast off its Symbian shackles and pulled on some bright new Android armour fresh for another crack at its smartphone rivals.
Depending on who you listen to, the Vivaz follow up will be known as the Vivaz 2 or the Hallon – or perhaps something else entirely. But whatever it's going to be called, Russian mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review has managed to get his hands on one well ahead of any sign of an official release, and has posted an extensive preview.
For starters, the vital statistics, and it makes for fairly decent reading – even if it's well short of superphone territory: a 1GHz processor, 4in screen, 512MB of RAM and 8-megapixel camera are all on board.
More importantly, though, the Vivaz 2 has also been decked out with the Sony BRAVIA mobile graphics engine and the Exmor camera sensor that look so appetising on the Xperia Arc.
So far, so good, but what did Mobile Review make of the Vivaz 2 in action?
“This time Sony Ericsson came up with a phone that really has much potential to become a bestseller in its segment. Both design and feature-wise [it] has all the bells and whistles expected from an Android device,” the preview reads.
Not quite glittering praise, but praise nonetheless, and probably one of the better receptions a new Sony Ericsson device not bearing the name Xperia has had for quite a while.
So when will we be seeing the Vivaz 2 in the flesh? Well, as with all upcoming phones right now, the smart money's on it showing its face at MWC next month, with a launch pencilled in for the months to follow.