With the Windows Phone 7 operating system up-and-running now for almost a month, and generally with positive feedback from customers, it seems strange that one of the world’s biggest handset makers, Sony Ericsson, has yet to release a phone for the platform.
That is all set to change however with documents purporting to show the Xperia X7 and X7 Mini leaked today. The images are reportedly from an official internal slide show displaying the phones and their specifications. And from what we have seen the probability that these devices are the genuine article seems high. It also isn't much of a leap to imagine that Sony Ericsson would use its successful Xperia range for its first WP7 device. (Also the number may be a bit of a give away.)
The top of the slide highlights that the phones on display are due for release in the first quarter of 2011. The specs shown are also in keeping with Microsoft’s rigorous guidelines for devices running its software. These include the necessity for a capacitive screen, minimum resolution of 320 x 480 and a minimum 1Ghz processor.
The Xperia X7 will have a 4.3in WVGA resolution screen and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor along with an 8.1-megapixel camera and 720p HD video with HDMI output. The smaller version of the X7 will have a 3.5in screen, 1Ghz processor, a mighty 10.1-megapixel camera with 720p video recording capability.
Other things we can say for certain about the X7 phones, due to Microsoft’s guidelines, is that they will have a shutter button for the cameras, an accelerometer, A-GPS, a compass, a light sensor and a proximity sensor. And as with all other phones running the Windows Phone 7 software the front button arrangement will have to be Back, Start and Search.