Sony Ericsson says its Xperia X10 will debut in February, but a retailer says this high-end smartphone will hit the market a bit earlier. This is good news for those waiting for an Android-based model with a WVGA screen and 1 GHz processor.
At the announcement of the X10, Sony Ericsson was vague about a launch window, only saying that this device would be on the market in the first half of 2010. A bit later, though, its U.K. subsidiary got more specific: February.
Play.com says Sony Ericsson’s recommended price for this Xperia model is £550, but it is taking pre-orders at £530.
An Overview of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
The Xperia X10 will be chock full of high-end features, starting with its 4 inch, WVGA+ (480 x 854 pixel) capacitive touchscreen. In addition, it will run Android on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Another high-end feature will be the 8.1-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash and video support. This will offer face and smile detection, as well as image stabilization.
To set it apart from the competition, Sony Ericsson has built some special apps for its new Xperia models, including one that can bring together messages from a variety of sources, including Facebook, Twitter, photos, e-mails, and texts.
However, this model is apparently going to debut with Android OS 1.6, while Android OS 2.1 may be out in early January.
The X10 will be a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM worldphone. There will be two versions: one with the 3G frequencies used in N. America, including T-Mobile USA, and a second with the frequencies used in Europe, Asia, etc.
Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi g will also be included, and so will a GPS receiver and a microSDHC memory card slot.
Business users should be happy to hear that this Sony Ericsson model will have Exchange ActiveSync, in addition to support for consumer e-mail systems. It will also have an Office suite.