Today Sony Ericsson announced the official launch date of their most eagerly expected handset – the XPERIA X1. One of the hottest names of the season will start shipping as early as 30th September in the UK, Germany and Sweden. Wider market availability in Europe, Asia and Latin America will follow until the end of Q4.
Earlier rumors that the X1 is delayed for the Q1 of 2009 were troubling the Windows Mobile fans. They can now have a sigh of relief and their only concern should be the tough choice between the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 and the HTC Touch Pro. The two most feature-packed WinMo devices are surely in for a tough fight.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
Here is the full list of countries that we'll be receiving the second availability wave of XPERIA X1 (due by the end of the year).
APAC: Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
Western Europe: Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal
Central Europe: Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic
Middle East: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
Africa: South Africa
Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia
Here is what the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is about in case you have forgotten. The couple of highlights of the are most definitely the 3-inch WVGA touchscreen display and the QWERTY keyboard. Besides that, almost all connectivity options are present - from a 3.5mm audio jack to GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, everything is on board. Navigation is sweet with the optical joystick, while the 9 available home screens should suit every scenario and all user preferences. The multimedia set includes FM radio without RDS and Media player.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 also has a 3.2 megapixel camera and will come with 400MB of internal storage. It is also expandable through the microSD card slot. The handset will have support for all the four GSM network bands and two version, each with three 3G network bands. HSDPA and HSUPA are there to ensure the quickest data transfers around.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 will be powered by a 528MHz ARM CPU and will have 256MB of RAM.
In conclusion we can only say we are waiting for the XPERIA X1 as eagerly as you are and we will without a doubt put it through its paces in a direct battle with the HTC Touch Pro.
Update: Sony Ericsson have started an interesting marketing campaign of the XPERIA X1 through a series of some Memento-inspired online video series. The series is called "Who is Johny X?" and its spin-off trailer can be found here at a dedicated website.