Xperia X1 – Sony Ericsson

The rumors have finally been found true. Sony Ericsson has opened gates for new platform for its high end business mobile phones. Currently its most sophisticated P series phones were run on Symbian UiQ, now it has given that slot to Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 and that seems for good only considering number of bugs and problems previous P series devices were having in their firmware

At World GSM Congress, Barcelona, Swedes-Japanese phone maker released its new flagship phone called Xperia X1 which as people say has been developed with collaboration with HTC. The phone would come in arc shaped slider form which means that while using the slide out QWERTY keyboard, you won’t have difficulty in seeing display screen which itself is gigantic 3 inches wide. The phone will come with thickness less that 16mm which is superb for a business class phone packed with full keyboard. The device has WXGA resolution of 800×480pixels which is highest at the moment in market with pixel density almost 1.5times that of iPhone’s display. The phone has a lot of goodies to talk about like the acceleratometer which changes the orientation of Ui with any rotation of the device. The navigation is through touch screen interface which is a specialty for Sony Ericsson mobiles and also through an optical joystick which is useful specially when browsing through big WebPages for moving scroll bars. The Processor is pretty decent Qualcomm’s 520MHz unit which will make this device slick when it comes to multi tasking. Further it has 128MB RAM and 512MB ROM. This makes it compete with the likes of HTC’s behemoth TyTn II. The external expansion is through Sony’s Micro M2 memory. The phone features a lot of connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G and HSDPA/HSUPA 7.2Mbps which makes it at par with Nokia’s N95 mobile phone. The EDGE support had been lacking in almost all the Sony’s business phones till late. Also for local connectivity there is provision of Wifi 802.11b/g (Yes g also!!) and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP. The exclusive thing about the phone which makes it stand apart from other windows mobiles is that it features Xperia interface which is a very cool 9 animated icon’s which are displayed in active display screen and can be used directly to open apps. However the biggest disappointment is that the display is meager 65k color when even the low end Phones these days feature at least 16million color display. The phones sports 3.2megapixel autofocus camera which takes shots at 2048×1536pixel resolution and video recording at vga resolution at 30FPS. Phone comes in with windows live, MSN messenger, Internet explorer mobile, windows media player 10 for mobile and mobile outlook. Though it is fitted with WM 6.0, but Sony says that it will be fitted with updated version of WM called WM 6.1 before it is launched. It also has GPS facility and the media player virtually plays all the popular codecs of audio and video without any need of external softwares. The phone comes in two colors black and white. The phone is truly state-of-art and the finish is marvelous much better than the W960i which was launched a few months back.

The keyboard has spaciously drawn out keys which allow even people with big thumbs to type easily. For people who use smileys a lot, there is a dedicated smiley button on the keyboard. Though it is a business phone, still it has a slot for a 3.5mm audio jack which is quite a surprise as it is not offered even on the company’s walkman series phones which are targeted towards music lovers.

The camera module is same as the one being used in P1i so not much point in discussing that. However as the handset is announced to be released in Q2 of this year, you may expect a lot of changes in the specification. Being termed as iPhone killer, it has created a league of its own. It seems that bar has been raised for the competition. Let’s see how Nokia counters this phone.

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