Leaked photos from China reveal what appears to be the successor to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 mini pro smartphone. The new device, currently named the SK17i — codenamed Mango — reportedly runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A full slide-out QWERTY keyboard is present, as is typical with Sony Ericsson’s “pro” devices, and it doesn’t look like the user interface has been tweaked a whole lot — at least, from what we can tell in the images. A camera with a single LED flash is also present, although it’s unclear if there’s a front-facing camera, too. The Sk17i doesn’t seem to sport any exciting hardware, so we hope Sony Ericsson has some surprises in store. More →
Any burning questions you’ve ever had about the upgrade path for the XPERIA X10 family of products can now be put to rest, as Sony Ericsson has finally gone public with its intentions. As of Q4 2010, all three phones — the X10, X10 mini and X10 mini Pro — will be upgraded to Android 2.1 aka “Eclair”. Not only that, but after the update, the X10′s 8.1 megapixel camera will be able to record videos in HD. Throw in enhancements to the Timescape and Mediascape applications, as well as DLNA, support and you’d almost think Sony Ericsson genuinely believes it’s going to win over the hearts and minds of Android lovers by updating what will then be a year-old product that doesn’t even support multi-touch. But we digress… More →
Sony Ericsson set the stage for MWC by announcing three new handsets in a press event held on the day before the launch of the international mobile phone conference. Sony rolled out two new compact Android handsets based upon the design of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and one Symbian-powered handset phone that is the big brother to the previously announced Vivaz. The X10 mini and X10 mini pro are similarly spec’d handsets with the X10 Mini Pro sporting a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Vivaz Pro is a slightly modified version of the Vivaz and offers a QWERTY keyboard, a touchscreen interface and the Symbian S60th 5th edition operating system. All three handsets are expected to launch in Q2 2010 in select markets. Hit the jump for the full rundown of specs.