Here comes a new leak from IT168 (via Phone Arena), the same Chinese forum which last week brought us a glimpse of Sony Ericsson’s first-ever dual-core smartphone allegedly dubbed the Xperia Play. The crisp image is downscaled and appears to be the official press shot for the product. You can tell from the shot that the handset has a custom interface layer running on top of Android.

No word yet on a processor except for dual-core whispers. An eight-megapixel camera with Sony’s Exmor R sensor and 1080p video capture is also mentioned. Frankly, we wouldn’t fathom anything less for a flagship device from Sony Ericsson in 2011. Take a look at another image showing the Xperia Duo and Arc side by side, included right below.

Could this be a 4.5-inch display? If so, this will be one impressive smartphone in your hand, especially combined with edge-to-edge design. By the way, anyone notice how Sony Ericsson is taking a page from Apple’s book with those controlled leaks? Their PR people even give me a similar company line every time I ask them to comment on leaked products, which is that Sony Ericsson does not comment on unannounced products.

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