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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

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 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Discontinued
3rd November 2009

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is Sony Ericsson's first Android phone, featuring a very large 4" touchscreen display and an 8.1 megapixel camera, plus WiFi, GPS and 3.5G support.

Unlike the Motorola MILESTONE (and DROID), the XPERIA X10 is running Android 1.6 instead of Android 2.0. Sony Ericsson have enhanced the standard Android offering with something they call the "UX platform" which stands for "User Experience". This adds some ghastly-named features called "Timescape" and "Mediascape" to organise communications and multimedia files in a seamless way. Sony Ericsson say that UX will evolve and add new features as it goes along.. all very well if Sony Ericsson stick to their word, but owners of older Sony Ericsson smartphones often complained of patchy support after purchase.

The display is the most obvious feature of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. The large 4" panel displays 854 x 480 pixels in 262,000 colours. This type of large display is ideal for web browsing and video playback. Unlike other XPERIA smartphones, the X10 does not come with a slide-out keyboard.. so everything has to be done on the touchscreen.

On the back is an 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus, dual LED flash and geo-tagging support. One interesting feature is that the X10 can be trained to recognise people from photographs, and can associate them with contacts already stored in the phone. The X10 can record video, but Sony Ericsson have given no details of the handset's video capture resolution and frame rates.

 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 GPS is included, and that will work either with Google Maps or a trial version of the Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation system. It's possible that a future upgrade to Android 2.0 might add free turn-by-turn capabilities through Google Maps, but don't hold your breath.

Android 1.6 (codenamed "Donut") comes with pretty decent support for multimedia playback, web browsing and email (including support for Microsoft Exchange). There's a YouTube application and a whole host of other Sony Ericsson and Google branded apps to go with it. New applications can be downloaded from the Android Market or Sony Ericsson's PlayNow service.

Inside the XPERIA X10 is 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, making this one of the fastest handsets of its class. Additionally, there is 1GB of internal memory plus an 8GB microSD card in the standard sales package.

This is a 3.5G device available in a 800/850/1900/2100 MHz version for the US market and a 900/1700/2100 MHz configuration for the rest of the world. HSPA high-speed downloads and uploads are supported, plus WiFi and quad-band GSM.

 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 The large screen on the XPERIA X10 means that this is a fairly big device, measuring 119 x 63 x 13mm. However, the 135 gram weight is quite good for a phone like this, helped in part by the lack of a keyboard.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio socket, stereo Bluetooth and an accelerometer. In fact, the only significant feature that we can see missing is an FM radio, although the new MW600 Bluetooth stereo headset that has been launched at the same time does add a radio to the mix.

Sony Ericsson say that the XPERIA X10 should start to be available during Q1 2010 with other markets following in the first half of the year. Available colours are "Sensuous Black" and "Luster White" which give the X10 a classy appearance. We do not have any guidance on pricing at present, but rivals are priced roughly around €500 or so.

The XPERIA X10 is a useful addition to Sony Ericsson's range which has recently been a bit short of smartphones. However, the company has a reputation for being late to market with unreliable devices, something that it must shake off if the X10 is to succeed.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Promo Video

Sony Ericsson's promo videos are always fun and usually have a good soundtrack.. and the X10 is no exception.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 at a glance


Q1 2010


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 1700 / 2100




4" 480 x 852 pixels, 16m colours


8.1 megapixels


PDA-style device
119 x 63 x 13mm / 135 grams



Memory card:











Android + UX

Battery life:

Not specified

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