Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia X2, its second high-end smartphone running Windows Mobile. This will have a WVGA display, sliding keyboard, 8.1 MPx camera, mobile broadband, and much more.
The design will be very similar to its predecessor, the Xperia X1: a slider with a QWERTY keyboard. Its touchscreen will have the same WVGA resolution, but will be bit larger, 3.2 inches instead of 3.0 inches.
An Updated OS
This model will be one of the first running Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, the latest version of Microsoft's phone operating system. On top of this will be a custom user interface created by Sony Ericsson. This is based on Panels, each of which can function as the homescreen, and each focused on a different task, from PIM data to Skype or YouTube access.
Like all Windows Mobile-based smartphones, it will come with a suite of productivity and entertainment software. This includes push email with Microsoft Exchange,
"Windows phones allow people to manage their whole world – from work to home to play – on a single handset," said Stephanie Ferguson, Microsoft general manager, product management. "The Xperia X2 taps the powerful messaging and multimedia capabilities in Windows Mobile so customers can be in touch, productive and entertained wherever they are."
Multimedia on the Go
It will be no slouch in the multimedia department, boasting an 8.1 megapixel camera with auto-focus and image stabilizer.
In addition, a TV-out port will let users hook this smartphone up to a much larger display, and built-in stereo speakers will make headphones less necessary.
The X2 will include a microSDHC card slot for holding up to 32 gigabytes of music and video.
This Sony Ericsson model will be a quad-band GSM phone with mobile broadband. There will be two versions, one with the 3G frequencies used in N. America, and a second for the rest of the world.
In addition, the Xperia X2 will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
Availability & Pricing
Sony Ericsson says this smartphone will be released early in the fourth quarter of this year, which probably means October.
There is no word yet on pricing.
In a video produced by Sony Ericsson, the product manager Aaron Duke talks about the panel concept on the Xperia X2:
Source: Sony Ericsson