Sony Ericsson's Xperia handsets are due a successor, and it seems version 3 isn't too far off. The official Twitter account of Ericsson Labs (which isn't part of Sony Ericsson, technically) has been retweeting a rumour that the handset will be announced in November.

The Xperia 3 is expected to be powered by Android and has been codenamed Rachael by Sony Ericsson. It's rumoured to contain an 8-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, 800x400 display and microSD card expansion slot.

Some spy shots have leaked out too, which marry up with spy shots seen in the past of the handset. We'll find out for sure next month, and if you stay tuned to Pocket-lint then you'll be the first to know.