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.
Pricing news on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 has slipped out, thanks to some persistent pestering by Solapalmari. Their source has confirmed that the X2 - which has a large touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 8-megapixel camera - will be priced at between €590 and €600 ($865-880) when it lands in Europe in the next few months.
Vodafone UK have put three much-anticipated devices up for preorder, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2, Nokia E72 and LG GM750. Set to begin shipping in November, October and October, respectively, the three phones each have HSDPA high-speed data connections and GPS.
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2 only got official a couple of days ago, but already there are several people lining up to show you the new Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. HDblog managed to acquire one and take it for a pretty comprehensive ride in the ten minute video you can see after the cut, and then Sony Ericsson's staff themselves line up to share their hands-on perspective.
Sony Ericsson"released the X2 yesterday, but it looks like they couldn't let things go on a good note. Well, maybe not a good note. Let's call it a rational note. After seeing this video of the XPERIA Pureness, we're not sure what to think. There's definitely some interesting aspects to it, but just one look at the phone, and you've got to tell yourself that the cost is surely going to outweigh any feature set this device could have.
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2 has been showing up more and more frequently over the past few weeks, and now there's an almost six minute video of the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone in action. The video - in which the XPERIA X2 is referred to by its internal codename, "Vulcan" - runs through the new Microsoft platform, as well as showing a few glimpses of what looks to be Sony Ericsson's own "Panels" UI.