Sony Ericsson has revealed the next phone in the XPERIA line naturally called XPERIA X2 (YouTube intro video). The specifications are an impressive upgrade from the first version, but many critics will wonder if this device can truly penetrate the market. Considering the XPERIA X1 never really had a carrier in the USA, and has had mediocre success worldwide, Sony Ericsson really has alot of weight on its shoulders to turn around. Sony needs the company to be successful to strengthen their portfolio and stop the critics from barking about dissolving the company. Can the XPERIA X2, along with the Satio, Aino and Yari, bring Sony Ericsson back to the forefront? It’s hard to tell, but let’s look at some specifications.
With a 3.2 inch screen (65,536 color TFT LCD WVGA, 800×480 pixels), the new XPERIA X2 in Black or Silver with slide-out QWERTY keyboard will surely be a top-tier Windows Mobile 6.5 device when it debuts. It is interesting to see Sony Ericsson once again go with Windows Mobile, when the momentum going forward seems to reside with Android. I still think Windows Mobile is a great operating system but has definitely fallen behind in terms of overall presentation as of late. Other features include Wifi, and an impressive camera at 8.1 megapixels (16x digital zoom) with photo light, auto focus, geo tagging, image stabilization, touch focus, and video recording. Memory card support once again is for microSD and microSDHC (up to 16GB), keeping good on Sony’s part to embrace open formats and shed proprietary solutions.
With 14 specially designed preloaded XPERIA panels and 16 more to download, users can work with no boundaries with the XPERIA X2. From Skype, Mytopia and Google, to games, CNN and Windows Live, the panels ensure users are up-to-date with what matters most to them. With an improved touch interface and new 3D signature panel users also benefit from flexible desktop panels designed to categorize business, fun and communication features. Just set favorites to appear during certain times of the day and can get the latest news in the morning, YouTube at lunchtime and games for the journey home.
As for the music side of things, it is also fully featured with displayable album art, custom EQ, Windows Media Player/Sony Ericsson Media Player, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) and more. With Windows Mobile 3rd party applications, virtually any codec is supported.
The XPERIA X2 comes with several accessories, including a stereo portable handsfree MH500, USB cable, TV out cable, and 4GB SanDisk microSD memory card. Those are thoughtful additions, but what is most interesting is the XPERIA Services, a bespoke and unique after sales package designed to help XPERIA X2 users get the most out of their mobile phone. With a specialized technical team standing by to support busy users and talk through the outstanding features the XPERIA X2 has to offer users can get help from troubleshooting to how to access their favorite websites. And if their XPERIA X2 stops working while they are abroad, XPERIA Services can replace the mobile phone via a simple phone call.
- Talk time GSM: Up to 10 hrs
- Standby time GSM: Up to 500 hrs
- Talk time UMTS: Up to 6hrs
- Standby time UMTS: Up to 640hrs!
- Music listening time: Up to 20hrs