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Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Won't Have Gingerbread

David Gilbert


Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Won't Have Gingerbread

Despite some speculation that it would be one of the first devices to run Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, out of the box, it appears now that Sony Ericsson’s Anzu (or X12 as it will be called at launch) will run the bog standard Android 2.2 when launched in early 2011.

Sony Ericsson’s successor to its moderately successful Xperia X10 was rumoured to be one of the first devices to run Android 2.3 but a preview from Russian mobile maestro Eldar Murtazin has quashed any hopes of this happening. The Russian reviewer got his hands on a preview unit and his report left us far from salivating about this impending release. While the unit he saw was running Android 2.1, it is believed the X12 will ship with Froyo.

Sony Ericsson seems to once again be the late comer to the party. Earlier this week we brought you news of a Windows Phone 7 device from the manufacturer to come in 2011 – several months after most other manufacturers brought phones to market. Once again the reported specs for the X12 seem to leave it in the wake of other device which have been on the market for several months or more.

The X12 features a 4.3" LCD screen with 854 x 480 resolution similar in specs to the one used in X10 (which says it all really). The new phone is thinner and lighter than the previous iteration but, if Murtazin is to be believed, some of the quality feel of the X10 has been lost with the new model.

Inside it is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230, which will seem puny in comparison to the rumoured dual-core processors due to come online in the very near future. The 12-megapixel camera was not working properly on the preview model and can only record in 720p when working – which will probably be lower than the 1020p standard early next year.

All this leaves Sony Ericsson at the kid’s table when it comes to top-end mobile phones. It is entering a market where it cannot hope to compete with the likes of the iPhone4, the HTC Desire HD or the recently revealed Nexus S. No price point for the phone or a concrete release date have been announced as of yet but the sooner the better for the X12 you’d imagine.

Source: Mobile-Review.com

Chris Beach

November 17, 2010, 5:20 pm

Does any one know why Sony Ericsson are so out of it? They are constantly releasing phones well behind the market leaders, but marketting them as such. Do they decided to release a new phone and then go into a cave with no internet until its done, and that's why they miss that the rest of world as moved on?

If this was a new small startup you could understand it, but Sony and Erricson and Sony Erricson have been making phones since forever, there's just no excuse.


November 17, 2010, 5:27 pm

"Sony Ericsson seems to once again be the late comer to the party" This has been very true of them for some time now. I would love to be a fly on the wall at their meetings. Are their launches just massively delayed each time or do they believe they have competitive products? Bit of both maybe as I know the X10 was very badly delayed.

I really should stop having any expectations for the Playstation phone as SE would have to do a massive turnaround from the last few years for it to be anything other than a huge disappointment. I'm calling it now, summer of next year with it's current rumoured specs of snapdragon, 5mp camera and bugger all storage.



November 17, 2010, 6:32 pm

When they announced their plan to become the worlds biggest Android producer along with finally getting the 2.1 update to Xperia users, I though SE might be at a new beginning. Starting again with a clean slate, with class leading design and specifications, as well as a closer integration with Sony and the Playstation Brand. I guess I was wrong.

I really wanted my next phone to be from SE. I would have swallowed some camels to get it, but there are limitations.

I guess I will just get the Nexus S instead. Even if it is manufactured by Samsung. Not that I have anything against Samsung. I have owned two Samsung phones previously, but I did want to try something new this time.

snoop 7

November 17, 2010, 9:57 pm

Sony Ericsson are so out of touch it is painful. Why do they even bother?!

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