Momentum is building ahead of the expected announcement of Sony Ericsson's Nozomi, or the Xperia Arc HD, at CES next week, and right on cue it's been snapped in the wild.
Even better, it's been benchmarked too, and while only one of its two cores was active during testing, the results look promising all the same.
We've been seeing regular rumours and leaks about the Nozomi since as far back as September, but Sony Ericsson cranked the anticipation up a good few notches through the week by promising “something big” for CES 2012 in Las Vegas next week, with a series of close-ups hinting strongly at some pretty special camera specs.
And now we can cast our eye over the Xperia Arc HD in all its glory thanks to ITProPortal, which has nabbed a few shots from an unnamed source.
Design-wise we have to say it's hardly a knockout, looking more smart than sexy. It's by no means ugly, but we're used to being spoiled by Sony Ericsson on the looks front, and this one doesn't quite hit the same heights as the likes of the original Xperia Arc.
More interesting, however, is a set of benchmarking scores that not only gives us a glimpse of what kind of performance we're looking at, but also a fair few specs too.
The processor is confirmed as a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8860, while the camera comes in at 8-megapixels. You have 8GB of on-board storage on tap, and that could quickly become a problem as there's no memory card slot – especially if as expected you can shoot video in all its 1080p full HD glory. The operating system is confirmed as Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread.
As for the benchmarks themselves, the Xperia HD hit a score of 2,219 in Quadrant testing, though as mentioned above this was from just one of its two cores.