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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Preview

Sony Ericsson held a global press conference yesterday to officially unveil their web-based episodical thriller (alright, they called them Webisodes) “Who is Johhny X?” and talk to us some more about the Xperia X1 smartphone.

The first two “webisodes” (there are nine all together, see what they did there? Nine home screen panels on the X1, nine webisodes) seemed well produced and of high quality. The storyline, however, is nothing new. Man wakes up with amnesia, man checks into hotel, man goes out and buys a new phone (predictably enough, the Xperia X1). Anyway, I suspect you don’t actually care about the webisodes as much as you do the handset, and if I’m wrong, you’ll soon be able to check them out for yourself at http://www.whoisjohnny-x.com/.

Since the event was being filmed in a room down the corridor from where we were watching inside the trendy members club The Hospital, we had the chance to get “hands-on” with senior product manager Magnus Andersson, who showed us his X1 handsets which he described as “The best of the best from Sony Ericsson”.

One of the major concerns from our last hands-on experience with the Xperia X1 was that the software was far too slow and this was something I was keen to see remedied in the retail units that Magnus was sporting. Unfortunately, after the briefest of fondles, not a lot seems to have changed. I counted a good 3 seconds between pressing the hardware “panels” button and the actual panel selection screen popping up and the 3D transitions between the panels themselves ran at a very poor frame rate. On the subject of those panels, for those that missed our video hands-on in episode 24 of the MIR show; the handset features a Sony Ericsson customised version of Windows Mobile that can switch between nine different “home screens” that I’ve heard SE reps refer to as panels or desktops interchangeably. In their demos Sony Ericsson is making a massive deal out of these panels but all three of the people I’ve spoken to who use a pre-release X1, including Magnus Andersson himself, admitted that they only used a couple of panels.

The handset itself is a very nice bit of kit and feels very solid and well built with a high quality slide mechanism (all the new Sony Ericsson sliders are blessed with very nice slide mechanisms) but for mobile geeks like us we know that it’s been widely reported that the X1 hardware is actually manufactured by HTC and with an off the shelf OS like Windows Mobile the only Sony Ericsson “innovation” with this handset (aside from some project management) seems to be the panel interface and the nifty media player based on the XMB interface (the same interface used in the PS3 and PSP games consoles). Speaking of HTC, I asked about their involvement in designing and building the product but was told that, while Sony Ericsson has relationships with hardware vendors, they don’t discuss them publicly.

This response seemed to be a trend as someone else asked if the X1 signaled the end of the P series (P800, P900, P910 etc) only to be told that Sony Ericsson doesn’t talk about future product lines.

However, despite my initial negative tone, I do think that this handset has a lot of appeal. If you’re already happy with a Windows Mobile handset and are looking to upgrade then you’re already familiar with the speed quirks of other Windows Mobile handsets and the Xperia X1 may very well turn out to be the best Windows Mobile device on the market, at least for a few months after it’s release. The same goes for those of you still using a P900/P800 series handset who don’t mind losing your UIQ software to upgrade to the next logical step in Sony Ericsson’s business device range. The media functionality isn’t really going to draw any buyers by itself, I can’t see anyone in their right mind looking at the iPhone next to the X1 and choosing the X1 unless they have a very strong aversion to Apple or the iPhone carrier of choice in their country.

We hope to have a review unit soon which we’ll thrust into the hands of various members of the MIR team to get their viewpoints but it won’t be long before you can get your own hands on the Xperia X1 as Sony Ericsson have announced the release date as the 30th of September in the UK, Germany and Sweden with further territories being announced in the coming months. Of course, we don’t know what the cost will be or even if any of their operator partners will be releasing the handset on the same day and, predictably, Sony Ericsson doesn’t publicly discuss wholesale pricing or operator release dates.

30 replies on “Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Preview”

Obviously the images used in this post are from Sony Ericsson's press pack. Click the one of the X1 on the table and view the large size… notice the big fingerprint?

Truth in advertising, the X1 is a fingerprint magnet 😉

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 for $330usd

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 SPECS:

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 / 1700
Dimensions 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
Display Type TFT touchscreen, 65K colors
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
Camera 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Size 800 x 480 pixels, 3 inches
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
– Full QWERTY keyboard
– Optical joystick navigation
Card slot microSD (TransFlash)
– 400 MB internal memory
– 128MB RAM, 256MB storage memory
– Qualcomm MSM7200 528MHz processor
Battery Standard battery, Li-Po, 1500 mAh

EMAIL US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING.
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THANKS.

THIS ITEMS ARE FOR SALES AND THEY ARE BRAND NEW, UNLOCKED WITH ALL THE COMPLETE ACCESSORIES IN THE ORIGINAL BOX, INTERESTED BUYER SHOULD CONTACT US THROUGH EMAIL AT: koolinks@hotmail.com

3G iPhone for $300usd
HTC Touch Pro for $400usd
NOKIA N96 16GB for $450usd
HTC Touch Diamond for $350usd
Samsung i900 Omnia for $400usd
Samsung i8510 INNOV8 for $400usd
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 for $330usd

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 SPECS:

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 / 1700
Dimensions 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
Display Type TFT touchscreen, 65K colors
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
Camera 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Size 800 x 480 pixels, 3 inches
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
– Full QWERTY keyboard
– Optical joystick navigation
Card slot microSD (TransFlash)
– 400 MB internal memory
– 128MB RAM, 256MB storage memory
– Qualcomm MSM7200 528MHz processor
Battery Standard battery, Li-Po, 1500 mAh

EMAIL US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING.
CONTACT EMAIL: koolinks@hotmail.com

We offer prompt shipping from our Store, The product will arrive at your destination within 2 Days Via UPS Courier Services.

THANKS.

Ive posted on numerous forums about this phone. I feel that its has the credentials to compete with the iPhone and the G1, however it looks like it could break easy. I doo like the fact that it has a QWERTY keyboard, im sure this would be welcomed on the iphone.

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