Since the past two years, Sony Ericsson has lost most of its market shares due to poor administration, and not up to the mark handsets. After facing huge loses, the company has finally woken up and has been coming out with quality handsets since the past two months.
After the moderate success of Satio and Aino, Sony Ericsson will be launching so far one of the best mobile on paper, the Xperia X10. The phone is expected to launch in late January or early February 2010.
The Xperia X10 will be Sony Ericsson’s first Android handset. The phone will be sporting Android 1.6 (Donut) OS at release. Well, that is something which is annoying because Android 2.0 (Eclair) is already out and Motorola Droid is running on it. But Sony Ericsson’s excuse for it is that they have been customizing Android 1.6 since a long time and now Android 2.0 has released, so if they drop Android 1.6 and start customizing Android 2.0 then the phone’s launch will be delayed further.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Specifications
Network: 2G – GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 1700 / 2100 / 900
Size: 119 x 63 x 13 mm
Screen: TFT Capacitive Touch screen, 65k colors (Due to OS limitation, hardware supports 16 million)
FWVGA 852 x 480 pixels, 4 inch screen, scratch resistant screen and accelerometer
Sound: Stereo speakers and 3.5mm audio jack
Memory: 1GB internal; up to 16GB expandable (8GB free); 256MB RAM
Data: GPRS- Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE- Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G- HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
Wi-Fi- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, DLNA
Bluetooth- Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
USB- Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features- Touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
Video- Yes, WVGA@30fps
CPU- Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz processor
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
Applications: Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Document viewer, Voice memo
Media: MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
Battery: 1500mAh Li-Po BST 41
There is no official announcement by Sony Ericsson as to whether they will provide an update to Android 2.0 in the future. However, we can hope for it because Xperia X10′s hardware supports 16 million colors and multi-touch, which will be used by Android 2.0. Android 1.6 has been fully customized by Sony Ericsson and the UI completely looks different from its other Android siblings.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has few proprietary features like Timescape and Mediascape. With Timescape users can get their call alerts, messages, emails, MMS, twitter updates and face book updates all at one place. This feature is really a treat for the users because now they don’t have to open browsers or other applications to get online updates.
With Mediascape users will gets all the media files like music, videos and pictures all at one place. This is not all, along with the files in the memory; users can also see their web albums from sites like Picasa and Flickr in the Mediascape tab. The UI of Xperia X10 is really refreshing but there is still some finishing required before it shines completely.
The camera’s picture quality is really amazing for a prototype handset and it could improve even more before release. Sony Ericsson has been criticized all long for not putting standard ports and micro SD card support in their devices, but Xperia X10 adds an exception. Xperia X10 has mini USB port along with micro SD support and also a 3.5mm audio jack. That is not all, the battery of Xperia X10 is supposed to be one of the strongest 1500mAh Li-Po BST 41.
This battery is way stronger than the common 1500mAh Li-ion batteries. So now there is hardly anything to complain about this device except the release date which is quite late. But this device is surely worth the wait. This could well be the best phone by Sony Ericsson so far and even one of the few heavily loaded hardware phones. Acer Neo touch and HTC HD 2 has the same CPU but they are Windows phone.