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Sony Ericsson announces its first Android handset: the XPERIA X10

by Parm Mann on 3 November 2009, 10:36

Tags: XPERIA X10, Sony Ericsson

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High-end mobile phones are coming thick and fast, but it's arguably the Open Handset Alliance's Android operating system that's generating the most buzz.

The open source platform is seemingly full of promise, and Sony Ericsson - reportedly the third largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world in Q3 '08 - has today joined the bandwagon with its first Android handset, the XPERIA X10.

Available in "Luster White" or "Sensuous Black", the 119mm x 63mm x 13mm device weighs 135g and features a 4in, 480 x 854 capacitive touchscreen display.

Powering the handset is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor, and Sony Ericsson has given the Android 1.6 "Donut" operating system a makeover with its very own UX platform - consisting of a complete interface revamp and a selection of exclusive Sony Ericsson apps.

In addition to the sumptuous UI, the XPERIA X10 boasts an 8.1 megapixel camera with auto focus, geo-tagging and a 16x digital zoom. A-GPS is featured as standard, as is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The folks over at Engadget have managed to score a quick hands on, and though they've been impressed by Sony Ericsson's ambition, the software in its current state is said to be "plagued by lag and unresponsiveness".

Sony Ericsson reckons the XPERIA X10 will be available worldwide in the first half of 2010, so there's still time to iron out any quirks and ensure the software lives up to expectations. Here's a video demonstration of what Sony Ericsson hopes to deliver in the final retail product:

Official press release: Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X10 introduces an open and integrated world of social media, communication and entertainment

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Size wise its HTC HD2 territory and I'm pretty sure the HD2 is a better phone, even with WinMo 6.5.
Looks gorgeous!
Size wise its HTC HD2 territory and I'm pretty sure the HD2 is a better phone, even with WinMo 6.5.

All I can say is screw Sony Ericsson

Last few handsets they have released have been VERY poor build quality (My Xperia X1 needs to be repaired for the 3rd time now in 10 months) and their support is appauling, The X1 was a top end piece of kit, yet they didn't skin 6.1, neither did they offer any really good panels, games etc. They just made the phone and that was it.

The prices they want also make them a joke compared to similar models, mine sim free would be £500 when it came out, that is pretty much iPhone territory if I got it PAYG and I know what I would get for quality!

I have been a VERY loyal customer to them, since I bought mobile phones I have had 1 non SE phone (a 3510 as a temp phone between contracts) and been faithful, but treating their customers like this isn't acceptable. At least HTC know how to offer support to their customers in terms of improvements to a UI and extra features such as Manilla

Probably won't even come with the marketplace :rolleyes: