Sony XPERIA X10 Hands-on – Lovely Snapdragon Android!

November 3, 2009, By Thomas Antony


The XPERIA X10 will be Sony’s entry into the Android army that has been taking the smartphone world by storm. Earlier named the XPERIA X3, it has been renamed, probably to avoid confusion with Nokia’s handset of the same name, but it seems that what is under the hood remains unchanged. The guys at Engadget were able to get in close and play with Sony’s new toy. And they have found some pretty neat stuff.

Details follow below the cut

Starting off with the hardware, the XPERIA X3 will run on Qualcomm’s 1GHz SnapDragon processor, with a wide 4-inch touchscreen and an 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash. The battery is still the same 1500 mAh one found in the X2 and the pre-production model was showing some power issues. There is no hardware keyboard and input will be through Android’s on-screen keyboard. The number of hardware buttons is minimum and the Option and Back buttons will change their behaviour depending on the context. It remains to be seen whether this is a good or bad. Multitouch capabilities such as image zooming and rotation are missing.

The handset has a lot of appealing curves and slopes and gives it a clean, un-complicated, and relatively durable look. There is a MicroUSB charger/connector port, standard 3.5mm headphone jack and an 8GB MicroSD thrown in with the package.

Now it is the software where the X10 scores some real points. Running on the Android 1.6 ‘Donut’ operating system, it has Sony’s UI enhancement ‘Rachel’ or UX ( for User eXperience ) as Sony is calling it now. There is a whole visual overhaul along with three central modifications. First up, is Timescape, which integrates ALL your communications on the phone, be it calls, SMS, tweets, Facebook alerts .. everything .. into a single place. All the data can be filtered by source or person and it makes for a seamless environment for interacting with your friends over a multitude of communication networks. Mediascape does a similar thing for all the media on the phone. The third feature is face-recognition, which makes it possible to tag faces inside photos and even call the persons by simply clicking on the face in the photo.

The device is still in pre-production and the software running on the device tested was an early build. Sony’s challenge will be to have everything working smoothly and ready for release in the first quarter of 2010.

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Source : Engadget

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