O2 has confirmed that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 handset will be coming in September, via an official page on its web site.
We first sniffed details of the X8 back in June, and found that it’s essentially a lower-end version of the X10 Mini, which in turn was a smaller version of the Xperia X10 handset - which we were not overly impressed with when we reviewed it back in May.
With such progeny, when the X8 goes in sale will it be a case of ‘same old, same old’, or a maturing fine wine? The X8 will of course again run Android OS, but rumours suggest it is still held at version 1.6. So, hands up which mobile phone operator has the slowest development cycle out there? And yes, responding slowly at the back of the class is Sony Ericsson.
The X8 is powered by a 600MHz CPU, and will offer a relatively small 3in display on which users will get the four corner access to contacts, dialler, calendar and music as introduced on the X10 Mini.
It will have a 3.2 megapixel camera at the rear, and in what clearly makes a big difference to a lot of people, exchangeable back covers with a choice of white, or crazy aqua blue, included in the box.
Hopefully, when it arrives, it should be one of the most affordable ways of getting hold of Android-based handset and with phones like these on the market, there will be fewer reasons than ever not to own a smartphone OS powered device.
Link: O2 Xperia X8 page