The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 has received approval from the FCC, an important hurdle in the process of being released in the United States.
Sometimes the documents that are filed with the FCC give the world its first glimpse of an upcoming device. This isn’t the case this time, as Sony Ericsson has been openly talking about the X1 since last spring.
Still, the FCC filing does reveal at least one new detail: one version of this smartphone will include the 3G frequencies used by AT&T, but not the ones used by T-Mobile USA. The other version will have th European 3G frequencies.
However, the user guide that is part of this filing is entirely generic, and does not reveal which carrier(s) will be offering the first Xperia model.
Not Coming Soon
Just because it now has approval from the FCC doesn’t mean the release of the X1 is imminent.
Last month a Sony rep said that this smartphone’s release has been pushed back. As a result of software problems, this model is now slated to debut in December or possibly even January.
However, Sony Ericsson continues to insist that this model will meet its original release timeline, which means it will hit shelves before the end of this year.
More about the Xperia X1
This smartphone will include a 3-inch WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreen that can slide aside to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. Other navigation options will be a four-way key and an optical joystick.
The X1 will be a quad-band GSM phone with, as mentioned earlier, support for 3G. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device will include up to 400 MB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for additional storage.
In addition, this model will include a-GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and an FM receiver.
It will be 4.3 inches wide, 2.1 inches tall, and 0.66 inches thick (110 mm x 53 mm x 16.7 mm). It will weigh 5.1 oz. (145 g).
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