Sony Ericsson Hatches First-Ever Android Phone: XPERIA X10

Sony Ericsson Hatches First-Ever Android Phone: XPERIA X10

Sony Ericsson is a name linked directly to great design in the cellphone industry, but lately, it has been overshadowed in the smartphone sector by the likes of Apple, HTC and Samsung. One of the main reasons that it has struggled against the competition is its long-standing reliance on Windows Mobile. WinMo, regardless of what Microsoft says, isn't the OS it used to be. Even WinMo 6.5 is just the same old OS with a nice layer over top of it, though we do have hope that WinMo 7.0 will bring about the revolution we've been waiting for.

At any rate, the big thing that SE has been missing is Android support, and that's exactly what it's getting today with the introduction of the XPERIA X10. Launched today over in London, the smartphone is the company's flagship device and will ship with Android 1.6 (Donut). Unfortunately, Android 2.0 is already out on Motorola's DROID, so yet again it looks like SE will be lagging behind the competition.



Still, SE is hoping to gain attention by offering up a gorgeous touch panel, a "UX" user experience, loads of social networking support built-in, an 8.1MP camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a 4" LCD with an 854 x 480 resolution. The full specifications are pasted below, and while no price is given, it's expected to ship in Q1 2010.



The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 at a glance

Camera

  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • Up to 16x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Intelligent face recognition features
  • Geo tagging
  • Image and video stabilizer
  • Photo and video light
  • Send to web (photo and video upload)
  • Smile detection
  • Touch focus
  • Video recording
  • Recent shot tray

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™
  • TrackID™

Web

  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search (from standby)
  • Web feeds
  • WebKit web browser

Communication

  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Gesture control
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touchscreen

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • Media browser
  • Infinite button
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • YouTube™

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Flight mode
  • Infinite button
  • Office suite
  • Phone book with dialer
  • World clock

Location-based services

  • A-GPS
  • Google Maps™
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)

Connectivity

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • Micro USB connector
  • Synchronisation
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi™

Preloaded applications

  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™
  • Sony Ericsson Mediascape
  • Sony Ericsson Home with clock widget
  • Sony Ericsson Sync
  • Android Market™ Client
  • Gmail™
  • Google Calendar™
  • Google Maps™ with Street View
  • Google Media Uploader
  • Google phone-top search
  • Google search widget
  • Google Talk™
  • Google Voice Search™
  • Network Location Provider
  • Set-up Wizard
  • YouTube™

Screen

  • 262,144 colour TFT touchscreen
  • 4.0 inches
  • 480 x 854 pixels (WVGA)
  • Scratch-resistant

Accessories
In-Box:

  • XPERIA™ X10
  • Battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8 GB microSD™ card
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation

Optional:

  • Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600
  • Car Charger AN300
  • Screen Protector ET902

Facts 1)2)

  • Size: 119 x 63 x 13 mm
  • Weight: 135 grams
  • Phone memory: Up to 1 GB
  • Memory card support: microSD™
  • Memory card included: 8 GB
  • Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6
  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ QSD8250

Availability and versions

  • Networks
  • UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Available in selected markets in Q1 2010

Colour

  • Sensuous Black
  • Luster White

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It was hard to follow the narrative of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 commercial. Was the dork on the scooter in that band? If not, why does she date him? She had glasses, so you know she's smart - but she also likes to rock out and has hot friends. Did he wait on that scooter for the entire commercial? Why did the phone come in the overly-large joke-box?

I guess I'll have to wait for the Kindle novel to truly understand.

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