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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 […]

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?

 

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  1. I have a feeling SE are going to cock this up like they did the release of the X1.

    Everything looks OK in the video with the pretty blonde but the UI was unbearably sluggish in the hands-on video that Engadget put up a few hours ago. Sure, it’s not the final release of the software but look how long it took them to get their Panel interface working on WinMo and the final release was severely lacking.

    All this plus the inclusion of an old version of Android would make me nervous if I was interested in one of these.

    1. Whoops, I hot Post Comment too soon. I also wanted to say that despite these reservations, it looks like it could be a very pretty interface.

  2. looks bigger & thicker than the HTC HD2, certainly doesnt make as good of use of the bezel.

    considering how much Sony has been bungling up everything they do lately, its almost as if theyve lost touch with reality. it gives me ALOT of doubt as to how well they will pull off the software & continue to update/maintain it.

    its ashame too, at 1 time Sony was a well respected company & now they are somewhat a joke.

  3. That would make sense, if this was Sony. This Sony Ericsson.

  4. First time to see Sony-ericcson all “balls-deep” on a new smartphone in particular an android phone. We agree, that Xperia has a bitter history on older models. Hopefully, this X10 release will turned out to be a happy-ending. But still, this phone has a far way to go on competing the iPhone kind or the Killer-Droid

    detailed preview + official vid from Head of Xperia X10: http://bit.ly/xperia-x10-best-or-worst-android-phone

    Kudus, to the “classy” promotional vid

  5. I don’t think many doubt Sony’s ability to pretty things up. ;-)

    But all those UI transitions, no matter how smooth, just slow the user down as they wait for things to fade/fly/zoom in, so the actual net benefit is null at best.

    That said, as an Android fan (G1, CLIQ) I’m all for a company upping the ante and supplying adequate processing power.

    But you’ll have to pardon my lack of enthusiasm, what with the Eclair-fed, DROID all “Google Experience”-d and here NOW, the fact that X10 drops 1st quarter NEXT YEAR is almost snore-inducing.

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