Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 "Vulcan" smiles for the camera

By on June 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 "Vulcan" smiles for the camera

New spy shots of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, codenamed “Vulcan”, have emerged from the forums over at fanklub.se. The successor to the current X1 is looking dapper in its black casing, black keyboard and silver bezel. On the back, the Windows Mobile handset sports an 8 megapixel camera with flash. What you see is what we know as no other details about this phone have been leaked. If it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, we should see it launch sometime in 2011.

[Via SEMC Blog]

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More good news for Rogers customers: upcoming handset release details

By on May 22, 2009 at 4:44 PM.

More good news for Rogers customers: upcoming handset release details

When it rain in Canada, it pours in Canada. Our ninja just came back with news about a few more handsets making their way to Rogers in the near future. Some we already know about and some we’ve been waiting for all too long, but there are definitely a few tasty morsels in there. Oh hi, preliminary iPhone launch details… Hit the jump for the skinny.

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Ex-Globalive employee gets revenge by leaking the crap out of the upcoming carrier's plans

By on May 19, 2009 at 8:55 AM.

Ex-Globalive employee gets revenge by leaking the crap out of the upcoming carrier's plans

Okay, so get a load of this. Apparently (please note the emphasis) a former employee of Globalive aka Global Wireless, the next big Canadian wireless provider that is building a UMTS / HSPA network with service planned for all provinces and territories excluding Québec, recently got canned for “poor performance in marketing”. This of course led to him logging on to HoFo and leaking everything about the carrier’s plans except what the CEO ate for breakfast. There is tons of stuff to cover and the slides are pretty grainy at best, so we’ve taken the time to write it all out for our Canadian friends. Now hit the jump and prepare to mess yourself because if even half of this stuff is true, the Canadian wireless landscape is about to make a serious shift for the better starting in Q4. Just one question — why no BlackBerry love?

Thanks, “Ex-Global Wireless Employee”!

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Sony XPERIA X1a vs. AT&T HTC Fuze: Windoze Mobile gets exciting

By on December 11, 2008 at 1:09 PM.

Sony XPERIA X1a vs. AT&T HTC Fuze: Windoze Mobile gets exciting

This right here people is the day you’ve been waiting for. The two best Windows Mobile devices out there; the Sony XPERIA X1 and the AT&T HTC Fuze. We put them head-to-head in a bunch of tests and categories just so we could help make your decision a little bit easier. They are both fabulous phones, both are manufactured by HTC, and both are practically identical in terms of hard specs. But which one comes out on top? Which one are you going to drop a weeks pay on? Well, hit the jump and see what’s really hood with the X1 and the Fuze!

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1a delayed until Jan. 9th?

By on December 8, 2008 at 2:18 PM.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1a delayed until Jan. 9th?

SonyStyle.com used to report a shipping date of December 8th for the X1a, but that date has came and went (almost). We rung up our rep at Sony Cierge (Sony’s concierge service) on Madison Avenue in New York City, and they advised us that the X1a will not be shipping until January 9th. At post time SonyStyle.com is now reporting a January 12th ship date. Oh well. We’ll stick to our other X1 for the time being… Is there anyone else waiting for this thing, or have you just bought an AT&T HTC Fuze and called it day?

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 finally gets official in the US

By on November 12, 2008 at 10:22 AM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 finally gets official in the US

At this point it’s been so long since we reviewed the X1, we almost forgot it existed. Thankfully, Sony Ericsson decided to refresh our collective memory yesterday evening with a press release detailing the X1’s long-awaited arrival stateside. It’s definitely safe to say we enjoyed the phone but it certainly didn’t knock our socks off like a, gulp, $800 handset should. That’s right people, just as we scooped a couple of days ago, the official US price from Sony for this bad boy will be a whopping $800. Sheesh. For those of you who will soon be deciding between the X1 and a well-specced laptop in the coming months, here’s a quick refresher course:

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1900/2100
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Operating System
  • Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm, 145 grams
  • Main screen: 3″ touchscreen, 800 x 480 pixels, 65,536 color TFT
  • Slide-out QWERTY
  • Phone memory: up to 400 MB, microSDHC support
  • 3.2 megapixel camera, auto focus, video recording support
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • Optical joystick navigation
  • Xperia panels UI band-aid

Yeah, yeah – you know the rest. The X1 will be available through Sony stores on November 28th, though don’t expect any special Black Friday pricing. The Sony Style website will also begin taking pre-orders on November 13, you know, because there are going to be hoards of people pushing and shoving for the chance to drop $800 on a phone in this economy.

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Sony Ericsson to challenge developers with Xperia X1 Panel Competition

By on October 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM.

Sony Ericsson to challenge developers with Xperia X1 Panel Competition

Are you a developer that missed the boat for the Google Android Challenge and/or the Apple iPhone Developers competition? Here’s your chance to achieve eternal glory, fame, and fortune. SE is apparently preparing to launch a developer challenge tailored to their Xperia X1 Windows Mobile handset. As you well know, SE has implemented a proprietary panel-based UI on the X1, bringing quick-look access to a variety of aspects of the handsets OS in an innovative and aesthetically pleasing way. To mark the phone’s launch, the company is challenging developers to come up with the most creative and useful implementation of the panels interface. Exciting? Sure, but wait until you hear about the prize. The winner of this competition will pocket a brand spanking new….Xperia X1. Yep. That’s it. With a prize like that, we can’t imagine anyone worth mentioning will spend much time trying to best their competition. We can’t help but wonder why SE would launch something like this in the first place.

UPDATE: Sony Ericsson contacted us with a bit more info regarding the contest. It turns out that the prize is actually a bit more comprehensive than the free X1 we’ve mentioned above. In addition to receiving a new handset, the winner will be flow to SE’s headquarters in Lund for a 2-day, all expenses paid trip to meet with the company’s design team. Sounds a lot better to us, though we’re still waiting for an actual X1 release stateside. Hmmm.

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Sony Ericsson Announces September 30 Launch for Xperia X1, No US Love

By on September 10, 2008 at 11:55 AM.

Sony Ericsson Announces September 30 Launch for Xperia X1, No US Love

Well lookie what we have here. Fresh off news of the sexy Sony Ericsson G705 we now finally have official launch info for the even sexier Xperia X1. You already know just about everything there is to know about the first entry into Sony Ericsson’s high-end Xperia line so we won’t bother going over it again. We’ve all been anticipating this smooth QWERTY slider since the beginning of the year but news of delays have continuously been a buzzkill. Last we all heard, Sony Ericsson had pushed the Xperia X1 back to 2009 and the spirits of Sony Ericsson fans around the world were crushed. Well it’s time to buck up, kiddos. September 30th is the date to mark in your calendars – if you live in the UK, Germany or Sweden that is. The X1 will then drop in other markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America over the course of Q4 2008. Now we know what you’re thinking and the answer is no, we’re not forgetting anything. According to the press release it looks like those of us in the US might still be looking at 2009 before we can get our hands on a localized version of the X1. LAME. To quote the release, “Availability dates for North America, China, Australia and Russia along with other countries not mentioned above will be announced by local markets in the coming months.” We already know that there will be an X1a  version packing a US 3G radio so what’s the problem Sony Ericsson?!

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 review

By on June 17, 2008 at 2:53 PM.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 review

Now that we’ve had some time to spend with the XPERIA X1, we’re going to break down the various features and give you our in-depth review. We’ll continue to update this post as we use the device more, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand what’s at hand — a brand new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1! Full review is after the jump. Pictures will be added shortly.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 hands on

By on June 16, 2008 at 12:18 PM.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 hands on

If you asked the general public what the #1 Windows Mobile device they’re waiting for, you’d probably lose count of how many times people said XPERIA. Sony Ericcson, for the first time, has entered into the Windows Mobile market, and our first impressions? Wow. You really couldn’t throw better specs on this thing if you tried. From your local flavor of UMTS/HSDPA, to an optical joystick (fire!), to a whopping 800×480 VGA screen, and even cool funky notification lights, this thing is packed! Let’s not forget the physical design of the device as it’s one of the coolest and hippest-looking phones we’ve seen in a very long time. Since our unit isn’t a production version, the software runs a little slow. Even so, in most tasks, it performs very well. We can’t wait to play with a final production unit. It has us that impressed! One major flaw, though… Do you really want to know? The keyboard! Listen guys, if you’re going to throw on a QWERTY, at least make sure it’s worth having, ok? Not to say that this keyboardis absolutely terrible, but it’s one of the worst. Think Sony UX computer, for those of you that have one or have used one. The sliding mechanism comes right ontop of the keys, and thus, the keys don’t travel a lot when pressed. They give little to no feedback despite having a cool triangular design. We’re putting together our review, but in the meantime, you know where the goodies are!

Click on over to our Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 gallery!

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New Whitepaper Shows Two Shades of XPERIA X1

By on May 23, 2008 at 12:58 PM.

New Whitepaper Shows Two Shades of XPERIA X1

As we continue to continue to continue to wait for the XPERIA X1 that we’ve all seen and read so much about, a new whitepaper has just been issued. It basically just does a good job of telling us what we’ve already known for a while, but there is some new juice to be drunk. Namely, the X1 will be issued in two servings; one for America and one for the rest of the world of course. This people, is pretty solid news. Sony Ericsson hasn’t been known to show the US much love when it comes to its higher-end models. They know they’ve got a winner with the X1 though, or at least we’d like to think they do.

  • X1a – Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900Mhz), tri-band (850/1900/2100Mhz) UMTS/HSPA
  • X1c – Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900Mhz), tri-band (900/1900/2100Mhz) UMTS/HSPA

Solid. We can’t wait to get our grubby mits on one of these puppies. Assuming, that is, Sony Ericsson actually releases it some day. Also of note in the whitepaper is a claimed 10 hours of GSM talk time or 6.5 hours of talk time over 3G. Impressive indeed.

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Video Shows Two New XPERIA Models?

By on May 18, 2008 at 11:28 AM.

Video Shows Two New XPERIA Models?

This one is a long shot but crazier things have surely happened. A new promo video from Sony Ericsson is now making its way across the internet. Many people who have seen the video are jumping to the conclusion that the handset featured in it is none other than the XPERIA X2. Sure, it is possible that the second model from the XPERIA line is leaked before the first model is even released. It’s happened before. What people have failed to mention so far however, is that the video actually depicts two entirely different handsets. The device being used by the girl in this video (pictured center above) clearly omits the three buttons along the bottom of the “X2″ being used by the guy. Also, it looks like the handset is sporting a front-facing camera and a light sensor above the ear speaker; both missing from the guy’s phone. Can we assume that the girl’s handset in the video is the X3? Then again, these could just be mock-ups built by the producers of the video. If that’s the case, Sony Ericsson should think about bringing this producer on board because those phones look pretty sweet. Hit the read link for the full video.

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Pics: HTC Diamond Poses with XPERIA X1

By on May 17, 2008 at 1:17 PM.

Pics: HTC Diamond Poses with XPERIA X1

Time to drool-guard your keyboard. Two of the most highly-anticipated handsets of 2008 were found mingling side by side and CNMO scored some shots. Granted, they’re not the best quality or lighting, but you get the idea. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 pictured above to the left, is Sony’s eventual first entry into its high-end XPERIA line. We hear that at some point, Sony Ericsson is actually going to make it available to consumers. To the right is the HTC Diamond, the ultra-sleek touch-only gem that was announced recently. If we had to chose only one… Well, luckily we don’t. More pics after the jump.

UPDATE: It turns out some nefarious site watermarked WMExperts’ pictures. We’ve updated the links to their site.

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