What the hell? Sony Xperia X1 Looks to beat Iphone by a milestone.

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Over at Engadget, I checked out a video of what seems to be a phone with a large screen and amazing fading animations. The functionality of the phone isn’t prominent, but new is usually intriguing. Check it out and give Engadget credit for this great little treat to our tech eyes.

Edit: After Digging up some information, I found this out:

  • It has an arc slider design
  • A Wide pitch Qwerty keyboard
  • A Panel interface with 9 panels viewable at once ( what happened to making calls? )
  • Touch screen which is the new standard apparently
  • DVD quality video on a 3″ display ( YUM ).
  • Uses the Edge network (why?)
  • Video recording and playback at 30fps (YES)
  • Optical Joystick
  • Handwriting Recognition

More information, taken straight from the Sony Ericsson website outlines more about the device:

“Our vision for the XPERIA™ X1 is to deliver a seamless blend of mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment within a distinctive design,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, Head of Portfolio and Propositions, Sony Ericsson. “XPERIA™ is our promise to think foremost of user experience and to deliver the premium experience – anytime, anywhere, anything, with anyone.”

Sony Ericsson XPERIATM X1 – energised communication, the premium experience.

  • Convergence of multimedia entertainment and mobile Web communication
  • Unique arc slider with wide pitch easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard
  • XPERIA™ panels  – arrange as you want for easy access
  • Enjoy multimedia entertainment on bright wide VGA display
  • Windows Mobile® capabilities

XPERIA™ panel interface – experiences just the way you want them
Enjoy access to different experiences – Web, multimedia, applications – from your desktop. Navigate with the tip of your finger. Configure and have your XPERIA™ panels just the way you want them.

Multiple navigation – the choice is yours
XPERIA™ X1 lets you interact with your
phone in different ways. Touch, full QWERTY keyboard, 4-way key and optical joystick  navigation. Switch seamlessly between operation modes.

Arc slider design – makes it stand out
The arc design gives a distinct and unique feel. Slide the screen upwards to reveal the wide pitch QWERTY keyboard. Ample distance between keys makes writing fast and easy.

Ultimate mobile experience – performance on the move
With Windows Mobile®, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi™ support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Mobile access to everything that is important to you. aGPS gives you the freedom to explore the world.  XPERIA™ X1 is a premium mobile experience.”

More facts of the phone include a whopping list of goodness, including:

Camera

  • Auto focus
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Photo light
  • Video recording

Music

  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones
  • PlayNow™
  • Windows Media Player Mobile
  • 3D games
  • FM radio
  • Java
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing

Internet

  • Internet Explorer® Mobile
  • RSS feeds

Communication and Messaging

  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling
  • Email
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • XPERIA™ panels
  • Optical joystick navigation
  • Navigation key
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touch navigation

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document editors
  • Document readers
  • Flight mode
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Notes
  • Phone book
  • Tasks
  • Touchscreen

Connectivity

  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • Modem
  • Synchronization
  • USB support
  • WLAN

Windows® Mobile® Operating System

  • Microsoft® Outlook Mobile: email, contacts, calendar, tasks
  • Microsoft® Office Mobile: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Internet Explorer® Mobile
  • Windows Media™ Player Mobile
  • Windows Live™
  • Exchange ActiveSync®
  • Voice control
  • Utility Applications: file explorer, calculator, pictures & video, notes

Facts and Figures

  • Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
  • Weight: 145 grams

Available colours

  • Black
  • Silver
  • Main screen: 65,536 color TFT
  • Resolution: 800 X 480 pixels
  • Size: 3 inches

Memory                                               

  • Phone memory: up to 400 MB
  • microSD™ memory card support   

Availability and versions
Networks

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
  • UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz

One big thing about the Iphone is it’s lack of video recording. That might not be huge for everyone;but for me it’s pretty big. I do enjoy everything else about the Iphone, but we do need an alternative, considering everyone is getting an Iphone lately.

Will I be getting one? You bet I will. I’m trying to get one before the actual state-side release. It looks like it’s smooth, small, and a looker amongst the crowd.

This is probably going to be the greatest technology toy ever released. For up to date information, visit the site.

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15 responses to “What the hell? Sony Xperia X1 Looks to beat Iphone by a milestone.

  1. >>>This is probably going to be the greatest technology toy ever released.

    Is it April Fool’s? That line is a joke, right?

    It runs Windows Mobile. You know, the MS disaster *before* Vista?

  2. Hahaha.

    Windows mobile should be getting a much needed update my fine sir. On the other hand, the phone itself is a real prospect. Windows mobile might be horrible..maybe..possibly..but this phone can change that. Let’s hope for some multitouch goodness.

  3. As much as I love Sony phones (I’ve only ever owned them), this hasn’t got a thing on the iPhone. The Slider is ugly, and the design looks like a Sinclair ZX81 from the 80’s, too chunky.

    I was hoping that the biggest impact of the iPhone is to see what the others were going to do to catch up or over take, this is isn’t even close. Nice try but not close.

  4. I personally like the slider, but the look of the phone doesn’t bother me as much as the actual feature set. The panel design is keeping me on my toes about it.

  5. It’s not only NOT EDGE but actually the first commercial HSUPA phone.
    And whoever claimed WM6 has anything to do with Vista he’s cclearly completely clueless on the subject -stop posting stupid, ignorant crap, please.
    WM6 Pro is FAR BETTER than WM5 or anything else out there – it’s a lot better OS than stupid, slow Symbian or UIQ crap, thanks God Sony chose this. Ahh and iPhone’s OS might be nice but pretty much useless for any custom purpose while WM6 can be perfectly customized, see xda-developers.com for custom ROM downloads for any HTC phone ever released.

  6. I’ve read comments about this phone in several websites, and i’m beginning to notice a pattern.Users of apple products(mostly the iphone) have been ignorant of other leading technologies and think that it is always inferior to what they have.In reality, all it takes to show up the iphone is 10 geeks sitting at a table brainstorming with no price limits on their next product.

    P.S. I like this phone’s design and specs very much

  7. Now its a time of iphone 3g…

    So Xperia with this hardware is for now nothing special

    I hope that final version of Xperia
    have:
    -better processor – about 600 – 900 Mhz
    -more internal memory – 8GB
    -better camera 5 – 8 mpix with Xenon Flash and LED light ( please both ) !
    -USB stick build-in

    And Xperia win all !

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  9. Mikecane,

    In response to your comment about Windows Mobile, I actually think its great that it is going to be on the xperia x1. You complain about Vista too, and as a user when it was launched, believe me, I had my fair share of troubles, but once Microsoft ironed out the bugs, it is an excellent operating system. I would never go back to XP now.

    Therefore, since they have had plenty of time to work on the bugs with Windows Mobile, I believe the experia x1 is going to be just as worthwhile.

    Plus, have you seen the speeds of the web page loads on xperia x1 news blogs! On a cellphone that is simply remarkable, especially in a WAP market.

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