Sony Ericsson's launch event for the XPERIA X10, their first Android smartphone, was slightly undermined by the fact that their single demo prototype proved to be not exactly the Snapdragon speed-demon we all expected. The company's homegrown Timescape and Mediascape apps ran like molasses in a permafrost, which Sony Ericsson told us was due to them not having been optimized for the hardware. Happily HDblog have had access to a newer prototype, and theirs looks positively snappy.
Sony Ericsson weren't, to be fair, being all that coy about their launch plans for the XPERIA X10 Android smartphone back at its launch a few weeks ago: asked when it was likely the touchscreen Snapdragon handset would arrive within its "Q1 2010" window, the SE exec told us "it's not going to be the beginning or the end of the quarter". We presumed a February release, then, likely around or about Mobile World Congress, and sure enough Sony Ericsson's own online store are suggesting a February arrival for the X10.
Sony Ericsson have finally come clean on their latest smartphone, and as expected it's an Android flagship. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 - previously known as the Rachael and the X3 - is a Snapdragon-based touchscreen candybar, with a huge display, 8.1-megapixel camera and some "special sauce" in the shape of two homegrown applications - for communication aggregation and media aggregation - with a custom UI. SlashGear caught up with Sony Ericsson in London yesterday to take a look at the new smartphone, and find out why the company reckons this is the launch not only of the Android X10 but of a new "user experience platform".
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 XPERIA teaser may have been accused of being a little presumptuous, but that doesn't mean we're not excited about the Android device they're announcing on November 3rd. Now a teaser video has emerged showing the XPERIA X3/X10 Rachael in action, and darn it if we're not excited again.
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.
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.
Do you know what that is? It's a Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2, sat in front of a generic white box, yes, but it's also the first video unboxing of the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone that we've seen. Arne from the::unwired managed to acquire an "acceptance unit", typically supplied to carriers for final validation, which gives us a good opportunity to check out what will likely be included in retail packaging.