The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – Promising A New Android Experience

Sony Ericsson just officially unveiled its first Android smartphone early this month — the Xperia X10.  Just as everyone has grown familiar with the X3 name for the upcoming Android circulating online and expected to be released later this year, we get a new name, jumping up 7 points on the X series and a postponed release to Q1 2010. The name change is not entirely surprising considering the Nokia X3 just beat Sony Ericsson to the markets.  So it seems wise to have the name change to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 so as not to confuse the markets.  But a Q1 2010 release is sure to disappoint a lot who have it already written on the Christmas shopping list.

The X10 is everything we’ve come to expect from the X3, including its Rachel user interface on the Android 1.6 OS and its powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  Nothing else is new, except the name change on Rachel as well.  It is now called UX that stands for User eXperience.  Other than that, its officially released feature set confirms what Expansys has leaked to the online mobile community a month back.

High End Features

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Coupled with an 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and VGA recording at a film-grade 30fps, Sony Ericsson’s first Android handset is clearly at the top of the mobile phone food chain, regardless of platform.

The other features basically confirm what we’ve come to expect from a flagship smartphone.  It’s 3G with HSPA data connectivity as well as WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP.  There’s built-in GPS/A-GPS receivers as well as Google Maps. Internal memory of 1GB can be expanded up to 32 Gb with its microSD support.

Fine Tuning the Rachel Experience

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There are still some kinks in the X10 armor which we expect Sony Ericsson to address in time for its Q1 2010 release.  Rachel, or UX, is a bit sluggish.  There’s no multitouch on its capacitive touchscreen and battery life from the same 1500 mAh used in the X3 isn’t even respectable.

But where the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is good, there lies the promise everyone is looking forward to in an Android handset.  Fast scrolling on Google Maps and near-instant page refresh and rendering on its WebKit default browser hint at the full potential of the Rachel Android flavour.  There’s Timescape that seamlessly integrates the many varied communication features of the smartphone allowing the user to just filter names to find out status of message sent, whether email, text, instant message or social networking update. There’s also Mediascape that does the same for it various multimedia and entertainment features.

Hopefully Sony Ericsson can address the shortfalls on its prototype handset.  Fans can probably wait out this holiday season and save up instead in time for this landmark smartphone from Sony Ericsson to arrive Q1 next year. Then again, there will always be those who can’t wait.