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Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 and X7 Mini Images Leaked

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 and X7 Mini Images Leaked

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.

Following on from the success of the current crop of phones from HTC, LG, Dell and Samsung, Sony Ericsson will be looking to make an impact on the market at the beginning of next year.

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.

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November 15, 2010, 8:29 pm

Sony, late to the party yet again. Kinda weird they're using the Xperia brand, as it's become synonymous with Android.

Anyway, another manufacturer with a foot in two camps. A further death knell for Nokia backed Symbian. How much longer before Nokia give in to the inevitable?

David Gilbert

November 15, 2010, 9:55 pm

@HK I think the fact Nokia haven't given up by now means they probably will stick it out for quite a while more despite being completely off the pace OS-wise


November 16, 2010, 5:12 am

@David Gilbert, @HK - How about TR try and get a proper (and impartial if anyone at TR can manage that) review done on the new Nokia N8 with Symbian^3 first, before you all start bashing Nokia once again for the millionth time....


November 16, 2010, 1:52 pm

Considering that the bulk of sales is made in Q4, Sony Ericsson will lose once again market share, this time on Windows Phones segment.


November 16, 2010, 9:46 pm

@JK, fair enough. But I feel Nokia need to cut their margins on Symbian and throw it into their low end handsets and not just their supposed flagship phones. We all know they have the hardware kudos, but these days there's a lot of nice phones out there and it's the software and apps that win the day. If they can get volume, they'll get apps and then they'll have a fighting chance.

That said i'd love a Nokia Android phone, the Finnish reliability (hmm well some would argue, but I mean hardware reliability, not software) together with the power of Android.


November 18, 2010, 9:05 pm

@HK - You say that it's the software and apps that win the day, and for the majority of people, sadly, you're probably right. But I'm not one of those people. I'll choose superior hardware over software and apps every time.

Many would say that iOS is the best smartphone software out there, and that might be the case. But no matter how good iOS is, it's still not going to make the sensor on the iPhone's camera any bigger. It still won't allow the iPhone to connect to a TV screen via HDMI, or to an external hard drive via USB. And it also won't allow the user to expand the phone's storage capacity by simply adding a microSD card.

So even if Symbian^3 isn't as good as iOS, it's still going to be good enough for people to take advantage of all these superior hardware features on the N8. I'm just glad that there's still a trusted brand out there that offers something different for people like me. A brand that cares more about what you can actually do with their products, instead of just making sure that the inferior features on their products work as smoothly as possible.

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