Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
Sony-Ericsson opened the Mobile World Congress by unveiling the XPERIA X1, its first true touchscreen-focused cellphone. Following a deal with Microsoft, the handset is Sony-Ericsson’s first device to use Windows Mobile for its OS but also uses a custom interface of “XPERIA panels” rather than the default Microsoft front-end: users simply tap panels with their fingers to access calling, media, and other functions, according to the phone designer. Though dominated by its 3-inch, 800×480 touchscreen, the device also includes both optical and physical navigation pads at the bottom as well as a unique arc-slider QWERTY keyboard that tilts outward for more comfortable typing.
The X1 is also the most Internet-connected Sony-Ericsson device in history, the company boasts: unlike even most advanced 3G phones, it offers HSUPA (High Speed Upload Packet Access) that sends video and other media almost as quickly as it comes downstream. Wi-Fi is onboard for short-range networking and is backed by assisted GPS for route finding. A 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and a microSD slot (versus Sony-Ericsson’s favorite Memory Stick Micro format) round out its key features.
The first XPERIA phone is expected sometime in the second half of 2008; with quad-band GSM and an unprecedented five-band HSPA/UMTS connection, the device should be available both in North America as well as Europe and includes the key 1,700MHz band needed for T-Mobile USA’s upcoming 3G service.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Features:
*Networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
*Display: 65,536 color TFT, resolution: 800 X 480 pixels, 3 inches
*Memory: Phone memory: up to 400 MB with microSD memory card support
*Camera: Auto focus 3.2 megapixel camera, Photo light, video recording
*Music: Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP), Media player, Music tones, PlayNow, Windows Media Player Mobile, FM radio, Speakerphone, Polyphonic ringtones
*Communication and Messaging: Video calling, Email, Picture messaging (MMS), Text messaging (SMS), Internet Explorer Mobile, RSS feeds
*Design: XPERIA panels, Optical joystick navigation, Navigation key, Picture wallpaper, Touch navigation
*Tools: Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Document editors, Document readers, Flight mode, Handwriting recognition, Notes, Tasks
*Connectivity: aGPS, Bluetooth, Modem, Synchronization, USB support, WLAN
*Software: Windows Mobile Operating System, Microsoft Outlook Mobile: email, contacts, calendar, tasks; Microsoft Office Mobile: Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Internet Explorer Mobile; Windows Media Player Mobile; Windows Live; Exchange ActiveSync; Voice control; File explorer.
Size: Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7
*Weight: 145 grams
*Available colours: Black, Silver