The mid ranged Android device from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X8 will be releasing in UK by September. The X8 will be brought by O2 in UK. However, the price of the phone is not been disclosed by O2 yet. Sony Ericsson had promised earlier that the price won’t be more than EUR 200. I hope it won’t cost much.
The Xperia X8 has a 3 inch TFT capacitive screen with 480 x 320 resolution and 16 million colors support. It has a 3.5mm audio jack. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external memory is expandable up to 16GB. It supports 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.
The camera on X8 is of 3.15 MP with fixed focus and lacks flash. The video is recorded in VGA resolution at 30fps. The X8 will have Android 1.6 at the time of release and is expected to be upgraded to Android 2.1 within a month of release. The processor’s clock speed is 600MHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and digital compass support is also present.
The X8 will have exchangeable back covers. The battery power is of 1200mAh Li-Po. The Xperia X8 is a very good phone if the price remains under EUR 200.
Xperia X10 Mini and Mini Pro – the diminutive beauties from Sony Ericsson, have finally been rooted. The root procedure is fairly simple, but not automated. The Xperia X10 Mini root utilizes the Exploid method, which was also used to root the Droid X. An alternate procedure to root the X10 Mini is also available. However, this method doesn’t appear to be as universal as the aforementioned Exploid technique.
Now that all of the X10s have been rooted to gain superuser privilege, the next step is to unlock the boot loader (full root). Developers are already very close to cracking open the Xperia X10 and porting Cyanogen. Hopefully, its smaller siblings will also get the same treatment. Head over to xda-developers for the root instructions and guidance. Although the entire process is straight forward, you can theoretically end up with a bricked phone if you are not cautious. Also keep in mind that this might (and probably will) void your warranty.
Xperia X10 users around the world are reporting that they have begun receiving the R2BA026 firmware. As always, this update can be downloaded through Sony Ericsson Update Service (SEUS). Regions which have been confirmed to have already received the firmware update include UK, India, Canada and Australia.
Since, Sony Ericsson doesn’t provide change logs, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what has changed. However, several users are reporting significant performance improvements. In particular, Timescape and Mediascape apps appear to be a lot more responsive.
Ã‰clair for the X10 is still several weeks away. In the meantime, the barrage of minor firmware updates are likely to continue. According to PTCRB, R1EA029 firmware has already been certified.
While HTC has already begun rolling out Froyo, Sony Ericsson is still trying to get Android 2.1 out of the door. Android 2.1 is expected to arrive on Sony Ericsson handsets in Q3, which essentially means within the next couple of months. However, an xda forum member has already managed to get his hands on an X10 running an internal Ã‰clair build.
The Android 2.1 update will introduce live wallpapers, 16M colors, improved application support and hopefully improved performance. Besides the standard Ã‰clair improvements, the new ROM will also feature HD video recording. The aforementioned xda forum member was kind enough to record a sample video for our viewing pleasure. To be honest, the video quality is nothing spectacular. It’s not bad by any means, but the frame rate could have definitely been better. Let’s hope that finished ROM will fix the current deficiencies.
Xperia X10 HD Video Recording Sample: Click here to download the uncompressed video.
Sony Ericsson’s Q2 financial report is just released. Sony Ericsson carried on the momentum they got in Q1 and the profit margin increased in Q2. IBT (Income Before Taxes excl. restructuring charges) increased from EURO 21 million in Q1 2010 to EURO 63 million in Q2 2010. The ASP (Average Selling Price) also rose from EURO 134 to Euro 160.
Sony Ericsson in this quarter, shipped a total of 11 million handsets compared to 10.5 million in Q1. Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said,
Our second quarter results show that the company continued the momentum seen in the first quarter as a result of our focus on the value market and the success of new smartphones; Xperiaâ„¢ X10 and Vivazâ„¢, launched during the first quarter. These models, along with the Xperiaâ„¢ X10 mini and Xperiaâ„¢ X10 mini pro which started shipping at the end of the second quarter, have been well received by operators and we are now well positioned for long term growth.
The company is moving steady and I am waiting for some information on their upcoming flagship devices. The X10 is the last announced flagship device from Sony Ericsson.
The 3 Network in UK has added the Xperia X10 Mini Pro and HTC Wildfire phones to its catalog of available phones. HTC Wildfire runs on Android 2.1 whereas Xperia Mini Pro runs on a customized version of Android 1.6.
Xperia X10 Mini Pro will be available in two colors: black and white starting 9 July, 2010. The HTC Wildfire has already started selling since July 2 and is available in the Metal Mocha color. Both Xperia X10 Mini and HTC Wildfire are available for £30 a month on 3’s One plan with 2,000 any network minutes, 5,000 3 network minutes, 5,000 texts, 1GB of data and a six month free subscription to Spotify Premium.
Xperia X10 Mini Pro has some impressive specifications and is one of the smallest Android based phones. HTC Wildfire on the other hand is a smaller version of Desire and is expected to get an Android 2.2 Froyo update in the next few months. 3 is also offering both Xperia X10 Mini Pro and HTC Wildfire on pay as you go, where you have to pay £199 for the HTC Wildfire and £249 for the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro.
It was really a joy to see the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini land on our desk for a review, and let me tell you that this phone is definitely a beauty. Xperia X10 Mini is the smaller cousin of the impressive Xperia X10 and it fits easily into the palm of your hands or into the pockets.
Over the next few days and weeks, I will be sharing pictures and reviews of the latest Sony Ericsson device to hit the markets, so stay tuned.
To start off here are some exclusive unboxing pictures of the Xperia X10 mini, feast your eyes on this gorgeous beauty. (Click the image to enlarge)
Xperia X10 Mini Box Contents
Xperia X10 Mini handset
5 Back Covers in white, gray, pink, red and yellow colors
More exclusive pictures, images and reviews of the Xperia X10 Mini will follow in the next few days, so stay tuned to learn how this beauty plays along.
Sony Ericsson just announced that a new software update for the Xperia X10 has been released. However, the software update won’t bring Android 2.1 yet. This software update will improve performance and stability on the X10.
Sony Ericsson also said that they will be providing a free backup application along with the update, which will help in storing the phone’s settings and information in itself. Sony Ericsson also announced that, in select markets Play Now will be added, from which applications and games can be downloaded. Sony Ericsson said that, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI.
The update can also be downloaded OTA on your mobile by the mobile connection or Wi-Fi. The update is still not available in India. We will keep you updated about its availability. So, X10 users keep looking for the notification bar to report for an update.
Update, 5th July 2010, 8:15PM: I have not been prompted for an update on my Xperia X10 in India (Kolkata). As far as I know, there has been no report of any update in India. The users like me in India, will have to wait a bit longer.
Update, 7th July 2010, 9:12PM: The update is now available in India for download. I can see improvements in the UI of the Mediascape application. The audio quality has also improved a lot. The Backup and Restore application is also available now, it will help in backing up everything on your sd card.
The world’s smallest Android phone with QWERTY keypad, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, is now launched. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has the same features and hardware, as in Xperia X10 Mini. The only difference is the physical QWERTY keypad in Mini Pro.
The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has a 2.6″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. The X10 Mini Pro has 2G and 3G network connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB (2GB included).
The camera is of 5MP with LED flash. The video is recorded at VGA resolution @30fps. A 3.5mm slot is also present. The Android version is 1.6, which will be updated to Android 2.1 on Q3, 2010. The processor inside is Qualcomm MSM7227 with a clock speed of 600MHz. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also there. GPS with aGPS support is also there. The battery power is of 970mAh.
The Xperia X10 Mini Pro is available in black and red colors. The price is supposed to be around $346 (INR 16000). Here is a retail video of X10 Mini Pro:
Note: The pricing is not 100% accurate, it will be revised soon.
Finally, the wait for the Xperia X10 users is over. As we reported earlier, that Jerpelea, biktor_gj and Bin4ry from xda-developers have been successful in getting access to the root of X10. Yesterday, they posted the guide for others to Root their X10s.
After rooting your phone the internal values of the phone changes to:
Model number- SO-01B
Baseband ver.- 1.0.24
Build number- R1EA025
After rooting you will lose the Mediascape application along with Play Now, but they can be manually added later. All Xperia X10 users, root you X10 at your own risk. I would suggest you to go through the entire thread before Rooting, so as to avoid bricking your X10. Here is the link.
Update: It seems that there is some problem in getting back Mediascape after rooting. I suggest to go through that entire thread and there is an option posted by a member by which you can avoid losing Mediascape.