Sony Ericsson’s flagship Android phone – the Xperia X10, has already been launched or will be launched soon in most countries. The X10 is undoubtedly an impressive device. However, according to early reviews, most of the handsets are plagued by touchscreen sensitivity issues. The other downside is the older version of Android (v1.6 i.e. Cupcake) that is used to power the device. Thankfully, Sony has already committed to issuing a software update in the future. However, if you were hoping to get multi-touch support with the Android 2.1 (or 2.2) update, I have some bad news for you.
Replying to comments on the official product blog, Rikard Skogberg, Business Manager at Sony Ericsson, confirmed that Xperia X10’s hardware is not capable of supporting multi-touch. While, Skogberg declined to comment on the touchscreen sensitivity issues, he did reveal that Sony Ericsson is looking into alternate solutions for zooming. Here is his full statement:
I don’t have any technical details around the screen to share, sorry! However I have now gotten confirmation on the question of multi touch. As said earlier there’s no multitouch in X10 and I also can confirm that it’s not only related to SW but also to HW. Despite this, for future updates of X10 we are of course working on other solutions for e.g. zooming, which has been requested frequently on this blog, such has the solution demoed on X10 mini at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc3f3twWgzo and similar.