Sony Ericsson Unleashes High-End Xperia X2 Smartphone


Sony Ericsson this week unveiled the Xperia X2 smartphone in a bid to go head to head in a smartphone showdown against rivals including the Apple iPhone and the BlackBerry line from Research In Motion (RIM).

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 is the successor to the much- sought-after, but ultrapricey, Xperia X1 and takes several of its design elements from the previous Xperia handset. The Xperia X2, which runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, features a 3.2-inch WVGA touch screen and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device also features a paneled home screen, like the Xperia X1, which gives easy access to a host of applications via 14 preloaded Xperia panels and 16 more downloadable ones like Facebook, Google, Skype, e-mail, phone functions and business applications.

Along with launching the new device, Sony Ericsson unveiled a software development kit that will let developers build Flash, Java and Windows Mobile applications to the home screen and panels.

Another new feature of the Xperia X2 is what Sony Ericsson called SlideView, which gives users quick access to frequently used phone activities like contacts, messages, media and more. SlideView gives an overview of missed incoming activity and lets users know of any missed calls, e-mails or text messages so that important contacts aren't overlooked.

The high-end Xperia X2 smartphone, which is expected to be available in the fourth quarter, will also tie in all of the features that have come to be expected like access to a host of e-mail addresses, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, a TV-out cable, instant messaging and a mobile Internet Explorer Web browser. It also packs in an 8.1-megapixel camera with up to 16 times zoom, autofocus, geo tagging, image stabilizer, send to Web, touch focus, a video light and video recording.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 is also a multimedia powerhouse offering music and video players.

For business users, the Xperia X2 packs in a document viewer and access to a host of Microsoft applications via the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, which also gives users access via Exchange ActiveSync push e-mail.

The smartphone operates on both the GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 network and the UMTS/HSPA 850/900/2100 network, Sony Ericsson said.

Sony Ericsson has not revealed a price for the Xperia X2, which clocks in at 110 mm x 54 mm x 16 mm and weighs 115 grams.

The smartphone offers up to 110 MB of memory and can support a microSD or microSDHC card of up to 16 GB. The device offers up to 10 hours of talk time and 500 hours standby time on GSM and up to 6 hours of talk time and 640 hours of standby time on UMTS.