After images of what's said to be Sony Ericsson's upcoming Android smartphone, codenamed Rachel, there's now a video purporting to demonstrate the company's tweaked UI. No word on the video's source - and as such no telling whether it's authentic or not - but it certainly looks appealing, covering Android with a finely-detailed and nicely animated gloss.
According to Mobil.nu, you're looking at the glossy face of Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone, an XPERIA-branded touchscreen handset codenamed "Rachel". Known specifications for the upcoming device are sparse, but it's believed to use Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, include HSPA connectivity, and have an 8-megapixel camera.
The start of every New Year brings with it lots of new gadgets and other gear in the first few months. In January, we have CES and in February, we have Mobile World Congress. Both of the shows see many smartphones showing off with some seen for the first time/ Sony Ericsson is expected to show off three new smartphones at MWC in February and some leaked pics point to two of those three new handsets.
If our assumptions are correct, this coming week should see Sony Ericsson officially unveil their first Android smartphone, the handset variously known as the Sony Ericsson Rachael (or Rachel), XPERIA X3 and X10 and - most recently - the Sony Ericsson Infinity. We've already seen a video demo of what Sony Ericsson's custom UI might look like (and darned pretty it is too) but now a second demo has emerged and gadzooks it has us interested.
Sony Ericsson's first Android device might almost be upon us, after months of teasing and leaks. The company has announced a product launch on November 3rd, believed to be the debut of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 (aka X3 or Rachael), expected to have an 8-megapixel camera, HSPA, a huge touchscreen and Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor behind the scenes.
We'd quite like to meet the person at Sony Ericsson responsible for product codenames; after the somewhat unusual "Rachel" moniker for their XPERIA X3/X10 Android smartphone, now we have word of the Sony Ericsson Susan. A more traditional candybar shape, Susan has followers of SE all a flutter because the status-bar looks a little like that of an Android device.
It seems we could have been calling Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone by the wrong name, at least according to a Tweakers forum member. That individual, who claims to have not only talked to Sony Ericsson staff about the device but to have played with a prototype, says that rather than the XPERIA X3, the handset will most likely be branded as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. They've also let slip some details about a possible launch window.
The Android race is hotting up, with another leaked live image of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 showing there's plenty of room in the market for a big-screen slab of megapixel-toting smartphone. Yet another handset tipped to use Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset - as found in the recently announced Acer Liquid A1 and expected to make an appearance in the rumored HTC Dragon - the XPERIA X3 will also pack an 8-megapixel autofocus camera.
Up front there's a 4-inch 852 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, while under the hood lurks both dualband HSPA, WiFi b/g and GPS. Full specifications for the handset were previewed by a prematurely posted Expansys product listing, though right now there's nothing approaching official confirmation from Sony Ericsson themselves.
What's not on show from this snapshot is the distinctive UI that Sony Ericsson are tipped to have included on the smartphone, back when we knew it under the codename "Rachel". That UI - which you can see in a leaked video demo after the cut - is expected to replace the standard Android interface perhaps even more fully than HTC Sense does on the HTC Hero. The XPERIA X3 is expected to arrive on the market in January 2010.
Do you love Sony Ericsson enough to fake an unboxing of their upcoming Android smartphone? Now there's no official confirmation that mobile-nova's unboxing set of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 - aka "Rachel" - isn't legitimate, but having peered through our handy loupe at the pictures we're not convinced that this is the real deal.
Sony Ericsson still haven't admitted to the existence of the XPERIA X3, their Android smartphone previously known by its "Rachel" codename, but that hasn't stopped the speculation about when it might drop. According to MobileCrunch, it's likely to be sometime in January 2010.