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It’s the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, not X3

Adopting a product strategy of giving its markets more choices with multi-platform mobile phones, Sony Ericsson has recently announced that its must anticipated first foray into the Android world will be released sometime first quarter next year.  But it won’t be as Xperia X3 the online community has been talking about.  It skipped 9 number designations to become the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.  We figure this is a deliberate branding so as not to confound the market which will soon see the Nokia X3 released earlier.

Perfecting its Android Tweaks

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Early handset specimens confirm that the X10 has all the f eatures speculated on in the anticipated Xperia X3.  But what we didn’t figure on encountering are some kinks in the Sony Ericsson Android-run X10.  No wonder the release has been pushed back to early 2010.  Sony Ericsson apparently does not want a repeat of its embarrassing P990i handset that had more bugs than it could handle in subsequent OS upgrades.

The new Xperia runs on the older Android 1.6 OS (there’s now version 2.0 Éclair used by upcoming smartphones) but Sony has invested significant tweaking on the open source platform to jet let it go. The high speculated Rachel UI said to make the OS more intuitive is at the core of OS enhancement.

In fact, it’s official that Rachel is now called UX, short for User eXperience which will become part of the undated Android OS when the X10 hits the markets.  There’s still no multitouch capability which we expect in all high end capacitive touchscreens and sluggish response from most of its functions remain unforgivably disappointing.  Battery life is another challenge.  While the X10 uses the same 1500 mAh lithium ion used by the X2, it just can’t live long enough to be useful on the road. But Sony is working to address that.

Among the stable features are its WebKit internet browser that’s seamless integrated with the OS as well as Google Maps.  Both have lighting fast page rendering and smooth scrolling that show the potential of the Android OS.  There are features like Timescape that integrate all its communication function like phone calls, text, instant messaging, email and social networking so you can instantly filter by name all relevant messages for that person.  It also has Mediascape that basically does the same integrated function for all your entertainment features.

Flagship Features

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Enumerating its features will just be a repeat of the features listed for the X3. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will still run on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to make its one of the most powerful smartphones.  But we have to wonder if that reputation is still valid when it hits the market within the first 3 months of 2010.

We all know how fast the CPU power landscape is changing on mobile gadgets. It’s a GSM/UMTS phone, so that means 3G and HSPA data connectivity.  It has the usual stuff like WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP, microSD support for up to 32 GB, 3.5mm headphone jack and GPS receiver. What stands out is its massive 4” capacitive touchscreen and its 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera on a slim and trendy monoblock handset – something to really be excited about this coming new year.

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