Xperia X10 confirmed for AT&T

Sony Ericsson's flagship Android smartphone is finally coming to the US. As early as November of last year, it was speculated that the device would hit US shores but until now it has been notably absent in the market. Although available in Canada since April, the 4 inch, 1Ghz Snapdragon device will finally roll out for our North American counterparts on the 15th of this month. iPhone superpower AT&T will be adding the device to its presently small stable of Android devices.

In addition to a 4 inch screen, and Snapdragon, the Xperia X10 includes an impressive 8.1 megapixel camera and expandable memory up to 32GB. The Canadian model of the phone is still only running Android 1.6 due to Sony's slow update cycle for its bundled software. Hopefully the long awaited update to 2.1 or even 2.2 is in the works for launch, but details are still sparse.

From the press release:

  • Mediascape on the Xperia ™ X10 gathers music, photos, videos and content from your phone's memory card and online, letting you browse, search, listen and share your media from one unified view. For example, view photos taken on the device as well as your Facebook® and Picasa™ web albums.  Or, when listening to a favorite song on your phone, press Sony Ericsson's infinite button to access related content about the artist pulled from the phone's memory as well as albums, songs and video content from YouTube™ and search results from Google.
  • Timescape™ is a unique communication application that automatically organizes social interactions in chronological order, leaving users free to concentrate on keeping in touch on-the-go. From Facebook® and Twitter® updates to photos, emails and text messages, a scrolling menu offers easy viewing and organization of all communications. Additionally, tap the Timescape™ infinite button to bring up and view all communications from a single person in a single place.

Although harnessing a beautifully designed interface, and well executed bundled UI software, the 2.1/2.2 update will be a much needed addition to a currently outdated phone. With fantastic hardware and a beautiful design, all Sony requires is a software update to be able to compete on par with HTC's currently market-leading devices.

The smartphone will be available for $149.99 with a two year contract and the obvious minimum data plan. Having used this phone and even considered its purchase, this phone should be a solid addition to AT&T's sorely lacking lineup.

Interestingly enough the phone is also quad band (and could potentially be appearing on T-Mobile in the near future.)

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I wouldn't bother with this. As soon as I used a HTC Legend.... I will NEVER use my X10 again. It's crap.

Research guys! This phone is heavily optimized, and even though it is 1.6 it is a lot faster in browsing, starting up, launching apps, ... than pretty much any 2.1 phone. Will link benchmarks when I get on my pc.

If I were in the market for a smartphone right this moment, I'd probably take a pass on this phone and wait at least long enough to see what WP7 is looking like or HTC's work with Froyo etc etc. More reasons to wait atm than snag a shipped 1.6 phone More like they're "dumping" it on the US tbh.

Tech nerds (yes, we are) care about Android 1.6 or 2.1 or 2.2...the normal user (the people who buy this device) doesn't care about the Android version...as long as the phone works they will be happy

At&t is about to lose the exclusive iPhone.
Easy to tell. At&t is ramping up it's WEAK smartphone lineup.
You could walk into an at&t corp store and sometimes think you walked into
an Apple store. Couldn't go 5 feet (15meters LOL) without walking into some sort
of iPhone accessory.

Advancer said,
Excellent phone, SE just needs to pull out their finger and update it already!

If they do, it will be only one finger as the phone is physically incapable of multitouch.

Can anyone explain the whole exclusive network coverage thing? I can't see the point. Surly as a manufacture you want your device to be used by many rather than a select group? Also if that provider isn't great in your home area you simply cannot buy the phone.

I'm assuming it has to do with the agreements to subsidize the costs of the devices. The carrier has to agree to it, and perhaps they may not if another carrier will have the exact same device?

Hasn't this been the case for years? TBH the first I really saw this happen in the UK was with the iPhone. I could be wrong though as the Xda was always an O2 only device. Nokia phones though were always spread amongst all the operators.

It was a good phone like 6-8 months ago. The fact that they are shipping it with android 1.6 is a tad disappointing.

Had the X10 in the Uk for 4 months now and love it. It also has recently been rooted and SE are releasing Android 2.1 for it in the next few months.

Mr Bridger said,
Had the X10 in the Uk for 4 months now and love it. It also has recently been rooted and SE are releasing Android 2.1 for it in the next few months.

Android 2.1 really isn't anything to shout about, that's the bare minimum for an Android phone that's still being actively sold, new customers should avoid it till it gets 2.2

thealexweb said,

Android 2.1 really isn't anything to shout about, that's the bare minimum for an Android phone that's still being actively sold, new customers should avoid it till it gets 2.2


Except for you know... multitouch gestures?

Trong said,

Except for you know... multitouch gestures?
How many fingers do you need to work with a phone application? The screen is small as it is. Two is enough for 99% of the population.

Are you saying that the Xperia X10 cannot do 2 finger multitouch? Then I am with you.

fir3x said,
"As early as November of 'last' year"
Should it not be this year

Well, you can't start speculating back at a date that hasn't happened yet =/

Brian said,

Well, you can't start speculating back at a date that hasn't happened yet =/

Seriously, read it:

As early as November of last year, it was speculated that the device would hit US shores but until now it has been notably absent in the market.

What I understand there:
Speculations started back in November last year.