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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2

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 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 Discontinued
4th September 2009

The follow-up to last year's X1, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 adds more features than ever before as Sony Ericsson try to regain a foothold in the smartphone market.

The original X1 was a class-leading device when it was first announced, but it took so long to come to market that other competitors caught up. With the XPERIA X2, Sony Ericsson say that it should be available during early Q4 - so the X2 could be just weeks away from being in the shops.

This is a Windows Mobile 6.5 device, one of only a small number of handsets on the market that will have version 6.5 preloaded, although some others have it as an upgrade that can be installed later. But one thing that sets the X1 and this new XPERIA X2 apart from other Windows Mobile handsets is the concept of "Panels", which is a unique Sony Ericsson approach to improve the user's experience. With the X2, Sony Ericsson are making a big push to help developers create "Panels" applications, including a utility that will help convert pre-existing apps to this format.

 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 The main physical feature of the X2 is the large 3.2" 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, underneath this is a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that is angled slightly for a better typing position. At a first look, the keyboard seems to be pretty good with a conventional layout, and the keycaps have a space around them to help prevent multiple keys being pressed at the same time.

Turn it over, and there's an 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus and what appears to be a basic flash. We know that the X2 supports geotagging, but we don't currently know what the handset's video recording capabilities are. It will probably be one of the highest resolution cameras available in any Windows Mobile phone at launch.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 supports GPS, and because this is a Windows Mobile device, then there are a wide range of SatNav applications available to go with it. Of course, there are a wide range of other Windows Mobile applications too, either through Sony Ericsson's PlayNow Arena marketplace or from independent vendors.

 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 As we said, this is a Windows Mobile 6.5 device, and although this is the newest version of the software, it comes with some pretty familiar features such as "pocket" versions of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer and Windows Media player.

Memory is expandable using microSD cards and there is a 4GB card in the standard sales package. There's a TV out port, so videos and photos can be played back on a compatible TV, although we don't know for sure what type of audio output the X2 has. The X2 supports stereo Bluetooth and USB connectivity too, plus 3.5G data and WiFi.

It's not as heavy as you might expect - the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 weighs 115 grams and measures 110 x 54 x 16mm, making it much lighter than the X1. Talktime is quoted as being up to 6 hours on 3G with an impressive 26 days standby time.

On paper, the X2 is an impressive looking device. But many previous Sony Ericsson smartphones have either been late, buggy or both.. Sony Ericsson really need to get this to market on time and working properly if they hope to make an impact.

There's no word on pricing, but we would guess that the XPERIA X2 will retail for something around €600 SIM-free when it becomes available.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 Promo video

We have a short promo video of the X2, available on our YouTube channel.


Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 at a glance


Q4 2009


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




3.2" 800 x 480 pixels, 65k colours


8.1 megapixels


Large slider
110 x 54 x 16 / 115 grams



Memory card:











Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Battery life:

6 hours talk / 26 days standby (3G)

10 hours talk / 20 days standby (GSM)

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