Mobile World Congress has opened up in Spain, and the cellphone/smartphone news is overflowing. It's pretty much the CES for mobile phones, and Sony Ericsson
is on-hand to deliver two of their newest devices. Following up on the nicely styled XPERIA X10
, the company has issued the XPERIA X10 mini and XPERIA X10 mini pro, both of which are shrunken versions of the Android-based original.
It seems that SE is going for a new market segment here. In the past, any "tiny" phone was generally seen as a featurephone or dumbphone at best. No real "smartphones" have arrived in a form factor so small. Both of these phones have Google's Android operating system, a customizable "UX" platform, and enhanced one-hand usability, while the pro version has a slide-out QWERTY keypad. The company's own Timescape feature also brings together all forms of communication, enabling owners to see their Twitter updated, Facebook profile updates, missed calls and text messages in one place. It's sort of like BlackBerry's all-in-one notification area, and it's something we wish the iPhone had as well.
Final specs include a 5MP camera, "four corner control," a multi-media and YouTube player and HSPA 3G support. The X10 mini will be available in select markets next quarter in white, black, pink, lime, red and silver, while the X10 mini pro will be available in Q2 in black and red; pricing has yet to be disclosed for either.
Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro
- Sony Ericsson Timescape™ - brings together all communication in one place
- Four corner control – applications, calls, web, the consumer decides. Four customisable icons for ultimate control
- 5 megapixel camera and video - share creations via the web
- Music player links to music stores and YouTube™ - access the world of music
- Android platform - with Google™ services and Android Market™
- QWERTY keyboard - slide and text for quick and easy messaging (Xperia™ X10 mini pro only)
X10 mini and X10 mini pro supports HSPA 900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA 850/1900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.