Rumour has reached TechRadar that the Sony Ericsson Kurara will be out in the UK during April, making an official announcement at Mobile World Congress highly likely. The Kurara was spotted back in November 2009, however very few specification details were available alongside the picture, but since then we have had a trickle of new information to share.
The phone is a follow-up to the Satio, however it’s possible that it will wear a U5 or U5i name tag rather than the developmental Kurara moniker. The Satio’s 12 megapixel camera was the feature which garnered attention, but the Kurara will likely have an 8 megapixel item with the emphasis on HD 720p video recording instead. Speculation on the inclusion of an HDMI-out port is also rife.
Features such as Wi-Fi, HSDPA and HSUPA, GPS, a MicroSD card slot and v2.1 Bluetooth are all still unofficial, however it would be strange if they all weren’t included. Symbian S60 5th Edition will be the Kurara’s OS, while the screen has been sized at 3.2″ with a 360×480 resolution, but as to whether it will be a capacitive OLED is unknown.
The Kurara’s HD video recording ability will put it against that other Symbian-powered high definition monster on the market, the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD, but as the above spec currently falls a little short of the Samsung’s, it will come down to any surprises Sony Ericsson spring on us and the overall quality of the HD video recording itself. MWC should reveal more.