Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 (aka Hallon) gets pre-announce preview

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Arc may be the company's most eye-catching smartphone for the first half of 2011, but going by an early preview it might not be the best selling if the mid-range Vivaz 2 has anything to say about it. Mobile-Review has been putting a prototype Vivaz 2 – aka the Sony Ericsson Hallon or MT15i – through its paces, and finding it's far more than just a Vivaz with Symbian swapped for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The 8-megapixel camera is the same EXMOR R blessed shooter as from the XPERIA Arc, and the display has been updated to an 854 x 480 panel to better suit Android. There's also a 1GHz MSM7630 processor and Adreno 205 GPU, which keep the smartphone chugging along nicely.

In short, it's an affordable – €320-350 ($430-470) – midrange smartphone which Sony Ericsson should be offering in a range of colors come April 2011. We're expecting to see the Vivaz 2 at Mobile World Congress 2011 next month.

[via Android Community]