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interface, and well executed bundled UI software, the 2.1/2.2 update will be a much needed addition to a currently outdated phone.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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