If only there was an alternative universe where the world of Android phones have the Motorola Droid/Milestone, HTC HD2, Nexus One and Acer Liquid A1 yet to be released, then Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X10 would still be lording it out with baited anticipation for a launch date sometime in the first quarter, or is it the second?
Unfortunately, in the only universe we live in, the X10 is fast approaching antique status. All these new high end Android phones are already here and have wittingly stolen the thunder right out from Sony Ericsson.
At the recent Barcelona Mobile World Congress, there are a slew of smartphones with the latest clair flavor of the Android to drool over, the least of which are a couple of so-so XPERIA derivatives that still use the antiquated Android 1.6 - the X10 Mini and QWERTY-side-sliding MiniPRO which hardly anyone was interested in looking at. We now start to wonder if Sony Ericsson will ever release it, though its website already has pages extolling it.
According to Rikko Sakaguchi, EVP and Chief Creation Officer, Sony Ericsson, 'There has been an enormous buzz around Xperia X10 so it is really exciting to be already unveiling compact versions of this powerful proposition.' Exactly, it would seem that all that remains of the Xperia X10 hype is its shadow and some nostalgia that has rubbed off on those two new but unexciting X10 derivatives on a smaller scale, inside and out.
Reviewing its Feature Set
But we're not losing hope that it will be out soon. It may be a good idea to get nostalgic about the X10 with a review of its promised features that have been aped into diminutive versions on the Mini and MiniPro, as if the market cares when it has better forthcoming Android options.
- The promise of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 really hinges on two things - its 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, considered the most powerful on a smartphone todate and the multi-tasking Android 1.6 Donut that Sony has modified with a User Interface it calls the UX, short for User eXperience which used to be known as Rachel.
- It's a quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE on 2G a tri band UMTS on 3G with HSDPA at 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA at 2 Mbps for fast internet surfing speeds. Its local data connectivity options include WiFi 802.11 b/g with DLNA for wireless hotspot surfing and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR for fast wireless data synching and microUSB 2.0 for wired data transfers between your handset and your PC.
- What immediately strikes you is its 4-inch WideVGA capacitive touchscreen at 16:9 aspect that brings unparalleled movie watching experience on the road. It comes with the usual gravity accelerometer for auto-rotate viewing orientation
- Its imaging pushes up the heights of camera phones with an 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera with touch-focus, face/smile detection, photo-video light, geo-tagging with it's A-GPS receiver and DVD-quality WVGA video recording at 30fps. Multimedia is best served with the same media players but without DivX and Xvid support, a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth A2DP for wireless stereo earphones. There's no stereo FM support.
Internal memory is a generous 1GB with 384 MB RAM and microSD expandability for up to 16GB. Its retail sales kit is expected to come with an 8 GB microSD card.