We’d heard rumours, but now it’s here in the flesh. This is the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1, running Windows Mobile 6 Pro. Yes, you read that right – a Sony Ericsson running Windows Mobile. Just one more time for my own sanity.. it’s a Sony Ericsson with Windows Mobile. Yep, I’ve got it now.
The new XPERIA range will push the mobile web and multimedia. The X1 has a sliding QWERTY keyboard which pops out to give the device a curved and ergonimic feel. There’s also quad-band GSM/EDGE and quad-band 3G/HSDPA and HSUPA. Also in the specs is an auto-focus 3.2 megapixel camera, aGPS, WiFi, microSD, Bluetooth A2DP, FM Radio and a wide 800×600 VGA screen.
It’ll be available in the second half on 2008. Read on for the promotional video featuring about 10 seconds of the (COUGH)iPhone-esque(COUGH) interface and hundreds of paper planes. We’ve also got the full press release. This thing looks absolutely amazing!
Links – engadget.com – X1 @ SonyEricsson.com
Update – Check out these real-life shots at GSMArena.com!
Thanks to everyone sending this in!
Update – Yet more pictures here at engadgetmobile.com. Looking nice!
Sony Ericsson marks the launch of its new brand XPERIA™ with the unveiling of the XPERIA™ X1
The world of our consumers and customers is changing. To meet the growing need for mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment, Sony Ericsson introduces XPERIA™. With this new brand Sony Ericsson will position itself at the forefront of mobile convergence.
The XPERIATM X1 combines a 3-inch clear wide VGA display and a full QWERTY keyboard within a quality metal-finish body. With Windows Mobile® inside, the XPERIA™ X1 lets you choose from a dynamic range of activities at anytime and anywhere; from enjoying your favourite entertainment content to working efficiently on-the-move. Access a world of experiences simply by touching the XPERIA™ panel on the screen.
“XPERIA™ represents the first brand that is truly borne from within Sony Ericsson. It represents our vision for a premium, energised communication experience,” said Dee Dutta, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson.
“This launch, and the announcement of the X1, further strengthens the overall Sony Ericsson brand and places us at the forefront of mobile convergence.
• Unique arc slider with wide pitch easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard
• XPERIA™ panels – arrange as you want for easy access
• Enjoy multimedia entertainment on bright wide VGA display
• Windows Mobile® capabilities
XPERIA™ panel interface – experiences just the way you want them
Enjoy access to different experiences – Web, multimedia, applications – from your desktop. Navigate with the tip of your finger. Configure and have your XPERIA™ panels just the way you want them.
Multiple navigation – the choice is yours XPERIA™ X1 lets you interact with your phone in different ways. Touch, full QWERTY keyboard, 4-way key and optical joystick navigation. Switch seamlessly between operation modes.
The arc design gives XPERIA™ X1 a distinct and unique feel. Slide the screen upwards to reveal the wide pitch QWERTY keyboard. Ample distance between keys makes writing fast and easy.
Ultimate mobile experience – performance on the move
With Windows Mobile®, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi™ support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Mobile access to everything that is important to you. aGPS gives you the freedom to explore the world. XPERIA™ X1 is a premium mobile experience.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X1 will be available in selected markets from the second half of 2008.
Sony Ericsson XPERIATM X1 – At a Glance
3.2 megapixel camera
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Windows Media Player
Communication and Messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Optical joystick navigation
Windows® Mobile® Operating System
Microsoft® Outlook Mobile: email, contacts, calendar, tasks
Windows Media™ Player
Utility Applications: file explorer, calculator, pictures & video, notes
Facts and Figures
Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
Weight: 145 grams
Main screen: 65,536 color TFT
Resolution: 800 X 480 pixels
Size: 3 inches
Phone memory: up to 400 MB
microSD™ memory card support
Availability and versions
UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz