Earlier reports told of an upcoming Sony Ericsson Nozomi, said to come with a 1.5-GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and to be released before yearend. Recent buzz at the IT68 forums, however, reveal rumors of more powerful specs than initially reported for the Sony Ericsson Nozomi and a release date slated for first quarter of next year.

According to forum posts on IT68, the Sony Ericsson Nozomi will not come with a single-core processor but with a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor. More than that, the Android phone will be loaded with Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) rumored to be coming out as early as October.

The upcoming Sony Ericsson Nozomi may probably fall under Sony Ericsson's Xperia series of handsets. If so, its looks might be similar to the Xperia arc, shown in this photo.

The new rumors affirm earlier rumors of a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, which places the Sony Ericsson Nozomi’s screensize on par with that of the Motorola DROID Bionic and the Samsung Galaxy S II. The IT68 forums also confirm earlier reports of a 1280×720 HD resolution for the display, which practically trumps the display resolution on the Motorola DROID Bionic (which is just qHD, or 960×540) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (800×480).

Assuming truth in the rumored display resolution, the Nozomi will presumably have the highest pixel density (342 ppi) among currently existing phones. Generally, higher pixel density translates to sharper and more vivid screen display. The Nozomi’s display will also reportedly have an aspect ratio of 16:9.

According to rumors, the Sony Ericsson Nozomi will also carry a 12-megapixel primary camera that uses Sony’s Exmor R sensors.

Other reported specs include 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 1750-mAh battery pack, and slot for a micro SIM card.

Previous reports say the Nozomi may be launched or released before Christmas this year, but new information points to a launch date some time in January, 2012, and a release date some time in March, 2012. No rumor or speculation about the price or availability has circulated yet, although earlier reports state that the Nozomi will be released in Japan as handset model SO-02D and elsewhere around the world as either handset model LT26i or LT26a.

The Sony Ericsson Nozomi looks like another potential contender in the Android smartphone fight currently played by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola DROID Bionic that was released on Verizon just a few hours ago.

If the earlier rumors about a pre-Christmas release date for the Sony Ericsson Nozomi turn out to be true, holiday shoppers will definitely be having a headache over which superphone to buy. And, with Ice Cream Sandwich preloaded on it, the Nozomi will definitely have extra leverage over the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Motorola DROID Bionic.

Have you made up your holiday gift list yet? What Android superphones are on your list?