Sony Ericsson officially unveiled their first Android device, and as expected, you almost can’t tell it runs Android. The Xperia X10 uses the UX platform, which sits on top of the base Android platform, much like HTC’s Sense UI. Based on watching the X10 video, the interface looks as fluid as we’ve seen through leaks and teasers in the past. I even wonder if SE had to wait for Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon, because I’m not sure UX would be as smooth on older processor architecture. That’s simply a guess on my part, however.
Sony Ericsson is definitely taking a social networking tact when it comes to marketing and features. The Timescape app helps manage unified communications with a given contact, including Facebook and Twitter as well as photos, emails and texts. Specification-wise, the phone ranks up there with the recent Motorola Droid and the just-around-the-corner HTC HD2:
- 4″ capacitive touchscreen at 854 x 480 resolution
- Android 1.6 – actually surprising that it’s not 2.0 yet, but it could see an upgrade
- 1 GB of internal memory, 8 GB of included microSD storage
- 8.1 megapixel camera with video recording, 16x digital zoom
- GPS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth
- Quad-band GSM and two flavors of HSPA support, depending on model (UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100 or UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100)
Sony Ericsson expects to offer the X10 in select markets in the first quarter of 2010. That should give them enough time to get Android 2.0 on there, no?