Sony Ericsson Vivaz (aka Kurara) announced, promptly yanked

Sony Ericsson have announced – and subsequently yanked – the Vivaz, the somewhat bizarre official name for the Kurara touchscreen Symbian device we've been seeing over the past few months.  Packing an 8.1-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording, image stabilization and face detection, the Vivaz also gets a 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen, WiFi and 3G, and A-GPS.

The S60 OS gets the same UI as found on the Sony Ericsson Satio, and there's also an FM radio and a TV-out connection which will output up to VGA-quality video.  As we heard back in November 2009 in an early review, the Vivaz's image quality – despite the megapixels – is only average, and battery life proved less than impressive too.

According to the press release (prior to its redaction) the Sony Ericsson Vivaz will arrive in "select markets" before the end of Q1 2010.  No official word on pricing, but PhoneArena reckon it'll have an unlocked price of $670-750.

[via PhoneArena]