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Sony Ericsson prepping 5.5" Android smartphone?

Sony Ericsson prepping 5.5" Android smartphone?

A lavish-looking, media-optimised Android phone is on the way from Sony Ericsson, a leaked photo suggests.

The device sports an expansive 5.5-inch display as well as a slide out QWERTY keypad with a Nokia N900 style landscape iteration.

However, the screen is automatically angled when it is flipped out, which is similar to business-based offerings from HTC.

The smartphone, the snap of which surfaced on Engadget, is either operating on Android 2.1 or 2.2, although the limited detail of the image makes the distinction impossible.

Sony Ericsson has only committed to releasing Android 2.1 smartphones for the time being, so it could well arrive with this platform onboard.

It is clear that the smartphone is only a prototype, but it looks to be a well executed example that is nearing market-readiness.

If Sony Ericsson does decide to use a 5.5 inch display and a full QWERTY keypad it will instantly take the title of the largest, bulkiest smartphone on the market, pushing its way into tablet PC territory and leaving the likes of the HTC HD2 trailing in its wake.

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