Sony Ericsson launches their First Windows Mobile Handset, XPERIA X1

Posted on Feb 10 2008 - 1:41am by Gadget King

Sony Ericsson has mainly been known for creating phones based on the Symbian operating system, that changed today with the launch of their first Windows Mobile phone, the Xperian X1 QWERTY smartphone. The X1 is the first product in the new Xperian line of higher-end smartphones.

The X1 was announced just before the Mobile World Congress show which opens on Monday the 11th. Sony Ericsson also announced several other phones, including the new Walkman W980, Cyber-shot c702 & C902, Z770, G700, G900, and a couple of high-speed HSPA XpressCards.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

The X1 will not make it into the wild until the second half of this year (in certain “select markets”), but the other models should begin shipping worldwide by mid year. It looks as if the new phones will support either HSDPA or UMTS.

Sony Ericsson seems to barely give mention to the fact that they are now offering the Windows Mobile operating system. I personally think that the Windows Mobile operating system is clunky… so it is nice to see that Sony has re-skinned the look/feel of the OS. Also, it is refreshing to see a major manufacturer offering several operating systems, and not locking in on just one.

The handset has a 3-inch wide VGA touchscreen (800 x 480) atop an optical navigation pad; the display slides open in a “arc slider design” (and flips the screen orientation to landscape mode) showing the full QWERTY keyboard. It supports aGPS, A2DP Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, microSD, HSDPA, and has a built-in 3.2-megapixel camera with photo light. The onboard memory is only 400MB.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Some specs:

Camera

  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Auto focus
  • Photo light
  • Video recording

Music

  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones
  • PlayNow™
  • Windows Media Player Mobile
  • 3D games
  • FM radio
  • Java
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing

Internet

  • Internet Explorer® Mobile
  • RSS feeds

Communication and Messaging

  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling
  • Email
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • XPERIA™ panels
  • Optical joystick navigation
  • Navigation key
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touch navigation

Organizer

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document editors
  • Document readers
  • Flight mode
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Notes
  • Phone book
  • Tasks
  • Touchscreen

Connectivity

  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • Modem
  • Synchronization
  • USB support
  • WLAN

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
  • Utility Applications: file explorer, calculator, pictures & video, notes

Facts and Figures

  • Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
  • Weight: 145 grams

Available colors

  • Black
  • Silver
  • Main screen: 65,536 color TFT
  • Resolution: 800 X 480 pixels
  • Size: 3 inches

Memory

  • Phone memory: up to 400 MB
  • microSD memory card support
  • Availability and versions

Networks

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
  • UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. M Harmon February 11, 2008 at 3:42 am -

    Nice write up, and I totally agree with you on the fact of a manufacturer going with multiple OS options. Seems as if most tend to do only one OS on smartphones. Either Palm, Symbian, or Microsoft.

  2. sgomez February 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm -

    Looks like HTC did good work building this one. For those of you who don’t know… HTC is the actual OEM builder of the XPERIA X1.

  3. Ivyn WTF February 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm -

    Looks lame. BTW Palm is dead.

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