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IFA 2009: Sony Ericsson Launches Xperia X2

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IFA 2009: Sony Ericsson Launches Xperia X2

Sony Ericsson has finally used IFA 2009 to out a handset which has been leaked for so long it's already beginning to feel old: the XPERIA X2.

We're already know pretty much every detail about the X2, but let's run through what is now official. The second generation Xperia will have a much larger 3.2in 480 x 800 pixel touchscreen, it will be capacitive and run Windows Mobile 6.5. That last bit no doubt lost half of you, but for the survivors you'll find some value here as the screen is OLED and sports a WVGA resolution.

Beyond this the Xperia X2 has an 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus and geotagging - a real high for what is essentially a business smartphone, aGPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, an accelerometer and a sensible 3.5mm headphone jack. The interface has also been jazzed up a bit with full album art support, updated Google Maps and YouTube native apps. Microsoft Office is also pre-installed. There's no significant onboard memory (110MB), but a 4GB microSDHC card will be supplied in the box and the Xperia X2 will support cards up to 16GB.

The X2 is still a chunky beast at 110 x 54 x 16m, however, and while it does also result in an impressive battery life of up to 10 hours talk time (GSM) and 500 hours on standby I have to say I'm not convinced many X1 cynics will have their minds changed here. The smartphone will launch in early October to tie in with the release of Windows Mobile 6.5.

So I guess our hopes now turn to the Xperia X3...

sonisoe

September 4, 2009, 6:46 am

great design, as always from se, too bad its winmo...

WyWyWyWy

September 4, 2009, 1:25 pm

I highly doubt the screen is capacitive.

DrDark

September 4, 2009, 2:56 pm

@sonisoe: I dunno, I preferred the design of the first Xperia. And I usually hate SE designs.





@WyWyWyWy*: What causes your doubts? WinMob6.5 is more touch friendly thus works with capacitive screens, such as the upcoming HTC Leo.








*Nice name.

Martin Daler

September 4, 2009, 7:45 pm

how long can one expect OLED screens to last? I know most people seem to change their phone every 12-18 months, but not me!

Ryan131

September 4, 2009, 10:09 pm

If you know where to look, you can already get 6.5 & geotagging on the X1.





I've not put it on mine yet (I only got it last week ;¬) ), but other than the accelerometer and the bigger keyboard, the X2 offers nothing new or compelling (IMHO).

Max

September 5, 2009, 3:18 pm

Nice hardware, shame about WinMo.





Would like to see Android on Xperia, maybe the X3 will be OLED capacitive. Now that Apple have released in Japan and soon in China and people don't seem to mind the reduced character input support SE will jump onto capacitive rather than resistive in a bigger way.





Might even hold off on the Satio for the X3 if it gets announced anytime soon, may have to buy a new battery for the old N95 though, this one only lasts a day on standby now, and a couple of hours using 3G.

WyWyWyWy

September 7, 2009, 12:49 pm

@drdark - Although the OS itself is more touch-friendly then before, the thousands of apps aren't! Many of my apps would be unusable without the use of a stylus, just because things are so cramped. Plus I still doubt how touch-friendly the 6.5 is, as the beta I used wasn't that touch-friendly anyway. What HTC needs to do is hurry up and get their patented stylus-enabled capacity screens into production!

DrDark

September 7, 2009, 3:23 pm

Oh I didn't intend to indicate WinMob6.5 a revolution in touch-friendliness or anything, but wasn't clear why you doubted the X2 would have a capacitive screen.


I've fingered a 6.5 beta bit myself and didn't come away impressed. Honeycomb arrangement was just silly for one thing...

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