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Sony Ericsson Android Xperia X3 Specs & Images Leak

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Sony Ericsson Android Xperia X3 Specs & Images Leak

We may still be waiting for the much leaked Xperia X2 but it seems that the 'Xperia X3' also isn't far behind and it looks set to make a real impact...

Retailer Expansys (not for the first time) is the source of the spill and it shows multiple images of a stylish Android based handset with 4in 800 x 400 pixel touchscreen display and specifies HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS and an 8MP camera with LED flash, image stabilisation, smile shutter and face detection. There's also VGA video recording, miniUSB charging, a microSDHC expansion slot (surprise surprise), a 3.5mm headphone jack and voice dialling.

No mention of onboard storage is made but if the above turns out to be true I suspect it had you at 'Android based'. In typically mysterious fashion, Expansys lists the new Xperia at available for pre-order now but doesn't actually have a price which makes the whole pre-ordering process rather difficult.

Expansys leaks do have something of a hit and miss record in the past but crucially it has unveiled the BlackBerry Storm (then codenamed 'Thunder'). So hopes are high that this could finally be the killer handset Sony Ericsson so desperately needs. Don't let us down guys...


via Expansys


July 22, 2009, 5:14 pm

This is the handset that was leaked as "Rachael" a few weeks ago.


July 22, 2009, 5:47 pm

In all seriousness...that is NOT a flash!

A single LED is a complete waste of time and they'd be better off omitting it all together. Why, when 5 years ago the K800i managed to incorporate such an amazing little Xenon flash, have so few (count on 1 hand) manufacturers followed suit?

Battery technology has advanced leaps and bounds and the images produced with a tiny Xenon flash are exponentially better quality than pictures produced with even the largest and most powerful dual LED lights.

Get the hint...BRING BACK XENON! - especially for top end phones like this.


July 22, 2009, 6:31 pm

Please, oh please(!) let it have a capacitive multi-touch screen!!


July 22, 2009, 7:14 pm

MiniUSB charging? I thought we were all moving to microUSB charging?

Still, I suppose we should be thankful for small mercies as far as Sony are concerned -SD card support at long last!


July 22, 2009, 7:38 pm

@Xamph - yep, we broke that one to you in June ;)



July 22, 2009, 9:10 pm

@lifethroughalens - It's a tradeoff. A xenon flash means a bulkier phone and shorter battery life. The Kxxx series was aimed at people who wanted something approaching the quality of a compact camera in their phone, whereas this is aimed at a more general audience. Personally, I've never used my phone's camera enough to care what kind of flash it has, and I suspect SE realise that I'm not alone. Just look at the flashless, 3.2Mp iPhone, for example.

However, if you really want a proper camera in your SE phone then the Idou (sorry, 'Satio') is on the way.


July 22, 2009, 9:46 pm


I thought battery techology had virtually stood still in comparison to advances in cpus and memory. If it had developed at the same rate I'm sure phones would be running for a year on one charge.

Also don't think the K800 was quite 5 years ago but I take your point. Gotta say cameras on phones (and smartphones in particular) are still quite disappointing in terms of resolution, image quality and inclusion of flash.


July 23, 2009, 5:49 am

@ Chris and Ravmania

Yes, I get you. Everything is always a compromise, in every area of life. And yes, it was only 3 years ago that the K800i launched - I stand corrected.

Battery density has improved and power management has improved, and I don't ever recall ever having any battery life issues with my K800i, even when I used the Xenon flash many times in between charges. It still outlasts my iPhone by a country mile!

Resolution is definitely not disappointing these days - 12MP Phones is ridiculous, 5 is ample. The rest of the argument all hinges on the size of the sensor and the aperture of the glass on the front. The bigger the better.

My point in question was the Xenon flash...which has been used very successfully on several phones with a really good balance between size / battery life / image quality. It just feels to me that we have gone backwards in this area since 2006.


July 23, 2009, 5:49 pm


Battery density has improved: +1

Device Power management technology has improved: +1

Display size is increasing, consuming more power: -1

Power used when device is active vs when on standby: -1

Number of background processes consuming standby power: -1

Comparative power usage of old vs new device interface technology: -1

Amount of space allocated to battery packs (older vs newer phones): -1

= less real-world battery life available to consumers today as opposed to ages ago..

Shame really...


July 23, 2009, 5:50 pm

@lifethroughalens - The reason your K800 outlasts an iPhone is because it isn't a WiFi enabled, GPS-toting handheld computer with a 3.5 inch screen. You can still find phones with evolutions of the K800's feature set that will last for a few days between charges, they're just not smartphones. The C905 is probably closest, and I imagine there are others.

It's a bit left field, but I'd go so far as to say I'd actually prefer an LED 'flash' anyway. With my old W810i I could use it to light up a dark path at night or to illuminate wiring under a desk. A rather useful feature that's missing from my current W910i.

Anyhow, all I'm trying to point out is that a Xenon flash isn't necessarily the best choice for all users. I for one would sooner do without.

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