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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2a Appears, Still Delayed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:37 PM

So, it appears that the XPERIA X2 has been re-badged as the XPERIA X2a for North America, though less newsworthy is the fact that it's still "coming soon". Considering that Sony Ericsson had originally planned to release the X2 in Q4, then seemed pretty sure of itself that it would be ready for the first week of January, only to break that promise, we're starting to wonder if the X2 is ever going to show at all. Yes, folks, at this point in time, the X2 seems destined to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor: delay after delay until the competition blows it away.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Unofficial: Xperia X1 Not Getting WM6.5

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM

While I have to stress this is really heresay (a rep's opinion doesn't count as official), this isn't completely unexpected given the relative age of the X1. But then again, it demonstrates that manufacturers aren't terribly keen on supporting their own WM devices for very long, something we've had to live with through the last ten years. Which is a shame, since the X1 isn't that dated, and I suspect the hardware is more than up to the demands of WM6.5.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Left Out Again: Xperia X2 Passes FCC Without US 3G

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 AM

The good news is that the Xperia X2 is now legally usable within the territory of the United States. The bad news is that you won't be able to get 3G speeds on any of the available networks through the FCC-passed model. Having said that, if and when Sony-Ericsson comes up with a model using US 3G bands it should get through the FCC fairly quickly (have they ever turned anyone down?). Given SE's financial troubles and relative lack of penetration into the US market, I wouldn't lay odds on that ever happening.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Xperia X2 Unboxing Video

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:00 PM

"The unit we were able to unbox here isn't a sales unit at all but it's a so called "acceptance unit" which represents a device which carriers get it for testing and certification. Nevertheless, it's pretty much the stuff Sony Ericsson will ship into markets later this year. Sony Ericsson's Xperia X2 will be available in selected markets from early Q4 2009 and will be released in two different colors: Elegant Black (as seen in the videoview) and Modern Silver."

The X2 features some updates to the X1, including WM6.5 as well as a big jump to an 8.1MP camera. It's also a world phone with quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G. Sony-Ericsson built in some nice touches with the design and acessories, like being able to use your on ear-buds with the included headset cable as well as a TV/Video-out cable that plugs in through the 3.5mm (!) headphone socket. Check out the rest of the video for more.


Arne has a follow-up first impressions post, with lots of pics for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

January-Bound XPERIA X2 to Cost An Arm and Leg?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:45 AM

When Sony Ericsson unveiled the XPERIA X2 earlier this month, the company seemed pretty certain that it would arrive sometime in the fourth quarter. Expansys UK, on the other hand, has a different idea. It's confidently tagged the X2 with a release date of January 11, 2010, at £604.99, which translates to a whopping $1000 on the other side of the pond. Sure enough, goods are priced a little differently in the UK, but if you consider that the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 are priced at £374.99 and £489.99 respectively, the X2's asking price is a fair bit to munch on. Now, we're not quite sure if Sony Ericsson's pricing strategy is set in stone, but either way, we wish the folks there all the best in getting this beast in the hands of consumers. Surely they can do better with it than they did with the X1, right? Right?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Announced

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"The XPERIA X2 also includes the unique SlideView feature, which provides quick access to frequently used phone activities. Providing quick interaction with contacts, messages, media and more, SlideView gives an overview of missed incoming activity, notifying the user of any missed calls, e-mails and text messages so users don't overlook an important contact."

I well remember the horrendous delay that marred the launch of the X1 - looks like SE has learned its lesson and the X2 is projected to go on release in time for the holiday season. The X2 features a refresh of the X1 design with some tastefully updated specs - like an 8MP camera and TV-out. Also under the hood are Windows Mobile 6.5, AGPS, quadband GSM and triband HSPA, 3.2" WVGA screen, and what sounds like an accelerometer. The panel UI design remains (now in 3D), but SE have simultaneously released an SDK to give developers a head start. Read on for the full press release. Read more...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Xperia X2 Pictured in Silver

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Reaction to the rumored X2 pictures leaked this far has been lukewarm at best, but hold up -- it's looking a whole lot different (and arguably better) in silver. We can certainly buy that this is dead-on real, since... well, it looks real, and also because the X1's also available in both shades."

Xperia leaks and news just keep coming out. And today we get to see the proported silver version of the X2. Looks promising!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Xperia X2 Specs?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

"If these specs are accurate the device would seem to be rather feature pack and correct much of the issues people had with the original Xperia. In fact, one could say the only thing holding back this device is its rather 90's looks."

Xperia rumors, gossip, and supposed shots and specs abound the last few days. Anyone looking to help out Sony Ericsson's financial situation by purchasing one of these if/when/however it becomes available?

Tags: hardware, sony, xperia

Friday, June 5, 2009

Is This The X2?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:30 AM

"A tipster tells us that the device you're looking at here is Sony Ericsson's codename "Vulcan" -- better known as the X2 -- which would presumably replace the X1 at some point in the next few days, weeks, months, or years. Though the picture's small, you can clearly make out the X Panel button in the lower left of the phone's front and a Windows key in the upper left of the keyboard..."

Hmm, Engadget seems to have a line on a possible successor to the X1. Time will tell with more details, so for now file this under "pretty picture" and "nice rumor".

Tags: hardware, sony, xperia, x2

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Xperia X1 Owners: New ROM For You!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:30 AM

We're hearing that a new ROM update for the Xperia X1 brings better performance, better signal, better touch response, heck - better everything it seems. If you're an Xperia owner, head over to Sony Ericssons Update Service to get the goods.

Tags: , sony, xperia, rom

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sony Ericsson Switching from HTC to Mobinnova?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:45 PM

"Sony Ericsson plans to outsource its second Windows Mobile-based smartphone to Taiwan-based Mobinnova, a handset maker under Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), instead of cooperating with its current production partner High Tech Computer (HTC), according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report."

For better or worse, Sony Ericsson is said to be switching from HTC to Mobinnova for its Windows Mobile devices. Perhaps the X1, which has hardly been the success story it could have been, has forced Sony Ericsson to look elsewhere.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

MobileTechReview Reviews Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1a

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 06:00 AM

"Well folks, it's finally here: the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a. That's the US version with 3G HSDPA on the US AT&T bands. The Xperia is sold in the US at SonyStyle stores in silver and at Best Buy stores in black (Fry's, J&R and other retailers also offer the silver version). Don't confuse the Xperia X1a with the overseas version Xperia X1i (no "a" for America) that lacks all of AT&T's 3G bands."

Read on, US and Canada readers, if you're trying to decide whether to pick one up from a Sony store. I'll leave the details of the conclusion to the article, but in short, the author really likes this device. If anyone has picked up the Americas version and wants to comment on how well it works here, chime in the thread!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Spb Infiltrates the Xperia X1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 03:15 PM

"Spb Software, the world's leading maker of Windows Mobile applications, develops a user interface panel for Xperia™ X1. As part of the strategic partnership between Sony Ericsson and Spb Software, Spb has put forth a top-notch, Spb Mobile Shell-based solution that compliments the X1 in both style and speed. Taking advantage of the smartphone’s unique panel technology, impressive hardware and dynamic wide VGA touchscreen, this custom version of Spb Mobile Shell is optimized for the new Xperia, and comes with all X1 devices as a free download... Spb Mobile Shell is an application that improves the innate Windows Mobile user interface, making it more direct, logical, and slick. The first version of software came out in February 2007 and quickly gained recognition among end-users and media. Spb Mobile Shell fulfills the highest requirements of in-ROM software, paying a great deal of respect to criteria such as ROM, RAM, performance, battery life, and stability. Customized and improved menus of Windows Mobile devices are achieved without any damage to built-in system features or other third-party software."

Spb Software House: if it's not creating great software for general consumption, it's forging partnerships with some big names. For example, Sony Ericsson; the two companies have worked together to offer Xperia X1 users a treat. If you're one such user, check out the custom version of Spb Mobile Shell that's available for download. Shots after the break.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sony Ericcson Xperia Finally For Sale

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 07:30 AM

"Wow, that was one hell of a wait, wasn't it? Some eight months after its February announcement, X1s are finally available for sale in some parts of the world -- and naturally, any retail availability comes with the distinct possibility of a properly-documented unboxing. The packing materials don't look like they're anything terribly special, but to the Windows Mobile faithful of the world, the contents certainly are. Ain't that black, brushed metal casing awfully purdy?"

Holy Xperia News Batman! The Xperia is starting to make the rounds as an actual, real device that you could order (You know, as opposed to one of those announced yet not in your hands yet devices). Engadget has a couple of pieces on it, and Phonescoop specifically is interested in the possibility of different versions of the X1. I suppose it's only a matter of time before we see real reviews start to come through the wires!

Tags: xperia

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Live, In-Depth Demo of Xperia X1 Today; World Premiere of Johnny X, Too

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 05:30 PM

At 1:00 PM (GMT +1), Sony Ericsson will be offering a live, in-depth demonstration of the Xperia X1 which, as you know, is set to be released in waves over the coming months. Following the demo, there'll be a live Q&A session, so unearth those X1-related questions you've been harbouring and prepare to put them to the team.

  • GMT -7 (Los Angeles, Vancouver): 5:00 AM
  • GMT -5 (Chicago): 7:00 AM
  • GMT -4 (New York, Washington, D.C.): 8:00 AM
  • GMT +1 (London): 1:00 PM
  • GMT +2 (Paris, Berlin): 2:00 PM
  • GMT +4 (Moscow): 4:00 PM
  • GMT +8 (Perth, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong): 8:00 PM
  • GMT +9 (Tokyo): 9:00 PM
  • GMT +10 (Sydney, Melbourne) 10:00 PM
  • GMT +12 (Auckland): 12:00 AM, Tuesday

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sony Ericsson Preparing Launch of Xperia X1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:30 AM

"Sony Ericsson today announces 30 September 2008 as the official launch date for the highly anticipated Xperia™ X1 – initially available to consumers in the UK, Germany and Sweden. The handset will be available in other markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America throughout Q4 2008."

Well, it's official. Just three weeks to go before the X1 launches in the UK, Germany, and Sweden. For thirty-two other countries around the world (listed after the break), the X1 will launch in Q4. For North America, Australia, China, and Russia, Sony Ericsson is only willing to go so far as to suggest that announcements will be made in the coming months. Let's just hope that doesn't mean sometime in 2009; otherwise, to HTC's delight, the Touch Pro may soon be flying off shelves.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sony Ericsson Releases Xperia Panel Interface SDK

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 01:55 PM

"We know what you're thinking -- it's Windows Mobile 6.1 fool, we've got the developers kit already. True, but not the SDK that allows developers to create custom, interactive panels for the touchscreen QWERTY's Panel Interface. Sony Ericsson claims that, "The Xperia X1 will offer the richest mobile user experience, putting the world at the fingertips of the user." In other words, the expectations have been set, developers, so you'd best get to downloading the free SDK -- you've got your work cut out for you. Sony Ericsson will offer a panel download service in the future, showcasing all the panels built by you, Google, and other partners."

The Xperia may run Windows Mobile 6.1, but it's panel interface isn't a stock item from Microsoft and thus isn't covered under the regular SDKs released by Microsoft. Thankfully Sony Ericcson has made a SDK available so coders can get busy with Xperia apps taking advantage of the panel.

Tags: xperia

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Camera Comparison: HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Omnia, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

Our pal, Arne, over at the::unwired, has stress tested the cameras of four of the latest and greatest Windows Mobile devices: the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro, the Samsung Omnia, and Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1. If camera quality means a lot to you, hit the link to see what Arne has to say.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Battle of the Keyboards: XPERIA X1 vs. HTC Touch Pro

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:15 AM

"MobileBurn scored an early look at the Touch Pro -- which won't be available at retail for a month or three yet -- and came away impressed with the all-important keyboard, saying that it was "much more" usable than the QWERTY found on Sony Ericsson's rival superphone. Closed, it's said to be virtually indistinguishable from the Touch Diamond (which we'd say is a good thing) other than being a bit thicker to accomodate they keyboard and picking up a matte-finish rear cover."

Two top-notch devices: the HTC Touch Pro and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Both have specs that would make any geek weak at the knees, but when it comes to the keyboard, word on the street is that there's simply no contest - the Touch Pro comes out on top. Check out what MobileBurn has to say, and do take a look at the pics. Engadget has plenty of X1 pics for your perusal, too.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:15 AM

"Now that we've had some time to spend with the XPERIA X1, we're going to break down the various features and give you our in-depth review. We'll continue to update this post as we use the device more, but it doesn't a rocket scientist to understand what's at hand - a brand new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1!"

A couple of days ago, BGR posted a gallery of the upcoming XPERIA X1. Today, they're offering us a review. It's brief, but still a work in progress. They'll be adding more to it as the days go by, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates.

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