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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 - Future phone

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

11 February 2008
Written by David Hall

Say hello to the next generation of mobile phones. Announced today at the World Mobile Congress in Spain, is the XPERIA X1. The X1 by Sony Ericsson has been designed to “address the growing need for a premium, converged mobile experience.”

The X1 includes an extensive list of top-notch features including a 3” TFT LCD, QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile operating system, 3.2mpx digital camera, 400MB of internal memory, WLAN, and 2G & 3G connectivity.

Instead of sliding downwards like a regular slider, the X1 slides horizontally at an angle. When open, the full QWERTY keyboard and display sit at a complimentary angle that makes it easy to type and easy to see the display. The display itself is 65,536 colour TFT LCD touch-screen, at 800 x 480 pixels. It’s no 262k-colour panel, but it should be fine for most users.

In an unusual move, Sony Ericsson have ditched their proprietary operating system and opted for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. There’s no word yet on which version will come pre-installed on the X1, but chances are it will be the high-end version of their latest, Windows Mobile 6 Professional, which has native support for 800 x 480 pixel displays.

With Windows Mobile comes the usual suite of Microsoft applications: Outlook Mobile, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile, Windows Media Player Mobile, Windows Live, ActiveSync, and utilities such as file explorer, calculator, and the picture & video viewer.

A special feature called XPERIA Panels is utilised on the X1, which appears to be some sort of multi-desktop/application windowing feature, much like the systems found on several Linux-based operating systems. Panels can be configured to display web, multimedia, and other applications – which you can switch to and from using your finger. The X1 can also be controlled using the 4-way key, optical joystick, and the keyboard.

Connectivity on the XPERIA X1 is broad: WiFi, 2G, 3G, aGPS (Assisted GPS), Bluetooth, and USB. The GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz network compatibility ensures 2G communications around the globe, and with 3G 900/1700/1900/2100MHz compatibility, you can also use any 3G network deployed on Earth. UMTS, HSDPA, and HSUPA data protocols are also supported for mobile broadband data transfer.

A 3.2mpx digital camera has made its way to the X1, with features such as an auto-focus lens, photo light, and video recording capabilities at VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and 30fps. 400MB of internal shared memory is accessible to the user, with the possibility of expansion via microSD cards.

All of this, and more, has been cleverly packed in to a device that measures just 110 x 53 x 16.7mm and 145grams.

The XPERIA X1 will be available in the 2nd half of 2008 – and is already becoming one of 2008’s most anticipated mobile releases. At its release the X1 will be available in two colours: black or silver.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
(ETA 2nd half of 2008)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: 850/1700/1900/2100MHz
3G: 900/1700/1900/2100MHz
Form factor Arch slider
Size 110 x 53 x 16.7mm
Weight 145 grams
Display 3.0", touch-screen 65.536 colour TFT LCD display @ 800 x 480 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* TBA^
Standby time* TBA^
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth, USB, and WiFi
Camera support 3.2mpx digital camera with auto-focus, photo light, and video recording (640 x 480 pixels and 30fps)
Data support EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSDPA, and HSUPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Internet Explorer Mobile, RSS feed reader
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 40MB
Yes, microSD
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging (including Exchange support)
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, True Tones, and MP3/AAC ringing tones^
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC (ActiveSync)
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Windows Mobile 6.1
Extras supported
(not listed above)
XPERIA panels
QWERTY keyboard
Windows Outlook Mobile (e-mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks)
Windows Mobile Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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