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Sony Ericsson made it all official today, ending the teasing and announcing the Xperia X10, the first of what SE says will be a family of Android OS devices to ship next year. X10 is expected to be available in Q1 of 2010, though no specifics were given as to pricing or availability.

A few hands-on reports have popped up from the SE launch event, and it sounds like the canned demos of the "Rachael" UX (User Experience) are pretty amazing, but the sole X10 prototype shown to media was suffering from severe pre-pre-pre-release performance issues. Engadget went so far as to say that "Calling the present interface 'laggy' would be paying it an unearned compliment." Heh.

That said, SE's got a great history with media-centric devices, and their "Timescape," "Mediascape," and face recognition features sound really nifty. X10 looks less like an Android device and more like a brand new Sony Ericsson device - at least from the demos SE's showing - which is a testament to the power of an open OS upon which developers can build custom user interfaces. 

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Sounds like SE's got quite a job on their hands if they're going to ship this thing in a few short months. But I'll echo most all of my peers in saying that if they can get X10 into stores in Q1 of next year, and if the production units look like and act like the press photos and demo videos SE's been getting out to the media, we'll have ourselves one whale of an entertainment-focused Android phones on our hands. 

From SE's new Product Launch Blog:

Some quick facts about the X10:

  • Users will be able to download apps from a variety of stores, including Play Now Arena and Android Market.
  • 4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (WVGA), scratch-resistant capacitive screen
  • The processor is the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • Available colors will be Sensuous Black and Luster White
And a whole bunch of specs:

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 at a glance

 

Camera

8.1 megapixel camera

Up to 16x digital zoom

Auto focus

Intelligent face recognition features

Geo tagging

Image and video stabilizer

Photo and video light

Send to web (photo and video upload)

Smile detection

Touch focus

Video recording

Recent shot tray

Music

Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Media player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™

TrackID™

Web

 

Bookmarks

Google™ search (from standby)

Web feeds

WebKit web browser

Communication

 

Sony Ericsson Timescape

Speakerphone

Vibrating alert

Messaging

 

Conversations

Email

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Text messaging (SMS)

Design

 

Auto rotate

Gesture control

Picture wallpaper

Touchscreen

Entertainment

 

3D games

Media browser

Infinite button

Video streaming

Video viewing

YouTube™

Organiser

 

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Flight mode

Infinite button

Office suite

Phone book with dialer

World clock

Location-based services

 

A-GPS

Google Maps™

Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)

 

*The service may not be available in every market. For more information, go towww.sonyericsson.wisepilot.com

 

Connectivity

 

3.5 mm audio jack

Bluetooth™ technology

Micro USB connector

Synchronisation

USB support

Wi-Fi™

Preloaded applications

 

Sony Ericsson Timescape™

Sony Ericsson Mediascape

Sony Ericsson Home with clock widget

Sony Ericsson Sync

Android Market™ Client

Gmail™

Google Calendar

Google Maps™ with Street View

Google Media Uploader

Google phone-top search

Google search widget

Google Talk™

Google Voice Search

Network Location Provider

Set-up Wizard

YouTube™

Screen

 

262,144 colour TFT touchscreen

4.0 inches

480 x 854 pixels (WVGA)

Scratch-resistant

Accessories

In-Box:

  • XPERIA X10
  • Battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8 GB microSD™ card
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation

 

Optional:

  • Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600
  • Car Charger AN300
  • Screen Protector ET902

Facts 1)2)

Size: 119 x 63 x 13 mm

Weight: 135 grams

 

Phone memory: Up to 1 GB

 

Memory card support: microSD™

 

Memory card included: 8 GB

 

Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6

Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ QSD8250

 

Availability and versions

Networks

 

UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

 

UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

 

Available in selected markets in Q1 2010

 

Colour

Sensuous Black

Luster White

 

More on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 product page.


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