Alright, Canada, the time has come. You can now pre-order the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 from Rogers Wireless. To be available in both Sensuous Black and Luster White, the XPERIA X10 will set you back $149.99 on a 3-year contract. Definitely not bad for a phone with a 4″ WVGA display, 8.1 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, HSDPA and sexy UX UI overlay, but we can certainly see the lack of multitouch and the fact it currently runs Android 1.6 being a deal breaker for many. Rogers won’t give in and tell us the release date, but the whole “Hurry! Offer expires April 14th” leads us to believe we’ll see this sucker drop the day after that. Bonus: All pre-orders will net you a free Bluetooth headset and a chance to win a trip to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Shouts to South Africa. More →
Although interest in it seems to have declined, thanks to this week’s official confirmation that multitouch will never be a feature of the device due to a hardware limitation, that’s hardly going to stop Rogers from aggressively pushing the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. According to MobileSyrup, a site that has a pretty squeaky clean track record, Rogers has narrowed down the release window for the Android smartphone to the week of April 7th to 14th and assigned tentative pricing — which could be as low as $149.99 on contract. Rogers had previously stated it would offer pre-orders, something which has yet to happen, but with a release that is potentially within six days we’d think they better get a move on it before peoeple’s eyes start to wander elsewhere. More →
Initial details on Nokia’s planned roadmap for 2010 were leaked earlier this month and the information revealed a set of new naming conventions Nokia may be using for its mobile hardware. One series, the X series, is supposedly comprised of handsets that target a young audience with a focus on music and entertainment. Details on the first handset in this series, the Nokia X10, may have now been leaked courtesy of a video on YouTube. According to the video, the X10 will be a Symbian^3 powered QWERTY slider with a 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, 3.2 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 16GB or 32GB internal storage, 256 MB of RAM, HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, aGPS and support for multiple homescreens with auto-rotation. The documents, though potentially fake, have an appearance similar to previously leaked Nokia documents that also appeared on YouTube in a video that was subsequently pulled by Nokia. Assuming that these details are based more upon fact than fiction, Nokia may be unleashing a nice mid-level handset with a name, X10, that’s pretty similar to what our boys and girls over at Sony Ericsson have named one of their own
We’ve just been told from an AT&T source of ours that the Sony Ericsson X10 is 100% coming to AT&T, and pretty soon. More →
In a rather lengthy blog post, Sony Ericsson explained its decision to launch its long awaited Android offering, the X10, with Android 1.6 instead of the newer Android 2.1. In a nutshell, Sony Ericsson is not focused on the version of the OS as much as it is the total UI package offered by Android and SE’s proprietary OS layer dubbed the Sony Ericsson User Experience Platform. Despite its handsome hardware and slick UI, Sony Ericsson realizes that people still want the features of the latest Android OS and has confirmed that it will offer an update to the X10 and its Sony Ericsson User Experience Platform at some point after launch. It is a nice gesture, but it would be even nicer if the handset manufacturer would get the handset out the door before promising upgrades.
Things aren’t looking so pretty at Sony Ericsson as the handset maker a little while ago posted its fourth-quarter earnings showing a loss of $270 million, pre-tax. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone since SE’s earnings reports the past few quarters, six to be exact, were just as disappointing. The company also recently had major layoffs and restructuring the past few months. However, SE is remaining cautiously optimistic for 2010. While other manufacturers are expecting a big rise in the cell phone market in 2010, SE sees things a little more modestly. Since smartphones and high-end devices are Sony Ericsson’s overall weakness right now by comparison to Apple, HTC and BlackBerry, we’re thinking that there is a lot riding on the XPERIA X10 with Android due out very soon. More →
The Sony Ericsson Robyn, aka the X10 Mini, has gone and got photographed getting friendly with an iPhone. From these pictures and others, we know that the Robyn will pack a 5 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port into its diminutive frame. Like its bigger brother, the Robyn will run some flavor of the Android OS and may be available in a variety of colors including black, white, pink and lime yellow. Hopefully Sony Ericsson won’t leave us in the dark much longer and will officially unveil this phone at Mobile World Congress next month. Hit the jump for a few shots of the Robyn and an iPhone K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
Fretting that the Sony Ericsson X10 won’t be gracing your local Canada wireless provider? Rest easy, friends. More →
We already reported that the users manual for Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X10 was leaked to the interwebs by the FCC. But if you happened to have a look at page three of the PDF, the Declaration of FCC Conformity, you will notice something interesting, 3G bands 1, 4, and 8 — better known as T-Mobile’s AWS 3G bands. Looks like T-Mizzle might be getting some Sony Ericsson love. Who’s excited?
Ordinarily, looking at FCC filings are about as fun as discussing the history of blotting paper, but we have a rare exception in the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. While the standard fare external pictures offer nothing we haven’t already seen, the filing contains a wealth of teardown photos that are sure to please both phone junkies and anyone fascinated with design. But it gets better. Not only do we have a slew of test reports (exciting!), but the entire 40-page user manual which not only gives a great overview of the device itself, but Sony Ericsson’s custom Android overlay, Nexus. Of course we’ve already broken down Nexus for you when we went hands on, but let’s just keep that our little secret, okay? More →
There is word floating around that Sony Ericsson is planning on two variants of the XPERIA X10. While it’s far from confirmed, it appears as though SE’s plan of teaming with U.S. carriers to subsidize this bad boy is working out. Both versions will have 3G support for their respective carriers, which means the T-Mobile version will have support for the 1700MHz band. SE is also saying it plans to have this phone out in early 2010, so we’ll find out sooner than later. We’re just wondering what pricing will be like since this device will have to be heavily subsidized to come down from its $700+ price tag. Hit the jump for some device specs. More →
Sony Ericsson has us scratching our heads just one day after we spent some time with its new XPERIA X10 smartphone. During our lunch meet-up, SE told us it was hoping to work with U.S. carriers in getting the X10 into the pockets of Americans on the cheap. We’re still hoping that SE will make this happen, but a new rumor would see the X10 retail for a whopping $879 when it hits the market during the first quarter of 2010. We know that SE is hoping to get back on the relevance map and turn a profit while it’s at it, but a sky-high price tag on a device that failed to knock our socks off probably isn’t going to cut it with consumers.
Today we hit up Sony Ericsson’s shindig in NYC for some one-on-one time with its XPERIA X10, and so far (it’s a non-retail prototype) it looks like SE has a decent device on its hands. Of course, we all know the X10 is running Android 1.6, but SE has created its own UI, or UX as it prefers to say (short for User Experience), called Nexus. Like other UI overlays for Android, Nexus focuses on social media integration, entertainment and simplifying contact info by aggregating user information. Two very unique applications that SE has integrated into Nexus are Timescape and Mediascape. Timescape is much like viewing your contact information on HTC’s Sense UI and Motorola’s MOTOBLUR: you can view your contact’s email, SMS, Facebook and Twitter updates all in one place. Mediascape allows you to access photos, video and music from your phone as well as YouTube and PlayNow, SE’s music store. The great thing about Timescape and Mediascape is that they recognize connections between your contacts (like facial recognition), music and media and it makes suggestions on how you can communicate or get a guide to new media. Now that we’ve got the software aspect out of the way, hit the jump to see not only what think of the device itself, but quite a few pretty pics and a video overview!