Home / News / Mobile Phone News / Xperia X1 Sim Free Hits Pre-order In UK

Xperia X1 Sim Free Hits Pre-order In UK

Gordon Kelly

by

Xperia X1 Hits Pre-order In UK

Play.com really is looking to take Amazon's crown as king breaker of products release dates...

Following up its HTC Touch Pro coup the popular online retailer has now revealed when we'll be able to get our eager mitts on a sim free Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 (drum roll please)... 30 October.

Ever better for those whose minds are made up, the chunky slider (110 x 53 x 16.7mm, 145g) can be pre-ordered now by UK customers and it will be delivered free on launch day. Play also gives away virtually every spec possible about SE's biggest assault on the smartphone market so far.

For example, we all know about its HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS and full Qwerty keyboard but on top of this we can now see Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and voice dialling (Steve Jobs take note) are in there while internal memory is a little disappointing at just 400MB - even though there's a microSD slot (yes, microSD!) for expansion.

Now I've actually had some time with the XPERIA and without bursting anyone's bubble let's just say I hope it wasn't a retail version because much like the HTC Touch Diamond it comes equipped to the hilt, but suffers from the same laggy (if heavily customised) Windows Mobile 6.1 backbone. Personally I'd advise you wait for our review to see if this is ironed out before parting with a whopping £599.99.

In related news Sony Ericsson has also gotten around to announcing a spiritual successor to its venerable T610. The 'T700' (Sony actually has a Cybershot using the same code) is a skinny (104 x 48 x 10mm), light (78g) candybar with 3.2MP camera, HSDPA connectivity, a 2in QVGA screen, Bluetooth and support for Exchange email.

There's a miniscule 25MB of memory aboard but this is augmented by an M2 expansion slot while battery life is a cracking 9.5 hours of GSM talk time, 4.5 hours over 3G and up to 15 days when on standby. Expect the T700 to cost zip on any half decent contract and though no release date was mentioned I'd be amazed if it arrives later than mid Q4.

It's certainly not out the wars yet but at least Sony Ericsson is back fighting again...

(Xperia spot credit goes to reader Gavin whose eyes show eagles where their prey is)

Link:

Play.com XPERIA X1 Pre-order Page

Sony Ericsson UK

Luan Bach

August 8, 2008, 5:45 pm

I've been working on the X1 prototypes. It's ok for a Windows Mobile device, got good GL hardware. I hope that they really improve the build quality for the final production runs, we've broke 2 of our device's hinges already.

shadow

August 8, 2008, 6:12 pm

Most of these 'expected' release dates are a complete joke. Obviously they do rely on the manufacturers, but take a look at the N96 - Play were selling this on pre-order months ago with a July 4 release date, now it's apparently 30th September. I've been monitoring a few phones over the past few months, and so far not a single one has made the originally given date.

pspr33

August 8, 2008, 7:14 pm

I'm almost certain it's been there for a good while now. It's not going to cost that much on contracts, that's for sure.

Luan Bach

August 8, 2008, 7:37 pm

The N96 was always going to be September/October. Play jumped the gun and gave a crap date. Going by SE pass record I'm sure the X1 wasn't going to be much before xmas.

comments powered by Disqus