Posts Tagged ‘Xperia X2’

Xperia X2 Gets an Upgrade

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Just in case anyone forgot, the Xperia X2 is the successor to the popular Xperia X1. It is the phone that nobody in the United States has seen, and has only been available in Europe for a short while. The X2 made some major improvements on the original X1, but then it fell into obscurity for months while everyone waited for the release. The X10 was announced shortly after the X2, and got a lot more press because of the Android OS.

The news today is that the X2 just got a firmware upgrade. The new upgrade adds some new features, including support for an FM radio. Let’s take a look at what the X2 has to offer.

  • 3.2″, 800 x 480 pixel Touchscreen
  • 110 MB internal Memory, up to 16GB Micro SD
  • 8.1 Megapixel Camera with 16x Digital Zoom, Geotagging support, video light, and more
  • Stereo speakers, Windows Media Player Mobile, Bluetooth A2DP stereo
  • Webkit browser
  • Arc Slider QWERTY keyboard
  • Micro-USB and 3.5mm Audio Jack connectors

I was really looking forward to this phone until the X10 was announced. I wanted the QWERTY slider that the X10 doesn’t have. I want Android more than Windows Mobile, however, so the X10 is the phone I am waiting for. At this point, I may just go for the first one AT&T carries, though I know that I will end up waiting for the X10.

Sony Ericsson is coming up with great smartphones, it would just be nice if they were available in the United States. For those who have the X2 in Europe or elsewhere, enjoy the new update, and wish us well here in the lowly U.S.A. who can’t seem to land a Sony Ericsson smartphone.

The Elusive Xperia

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

As some of the readers of this blog know, I have been waiting for a long time for a Sony Ericsson Xperia. As I was waiting for the X1 to come down from its ridiculous entry price of $800, I caught wind of a newer Xperia X2. I figured this would surely drive the price down on the X1, but it has remained expensive for over a year now. Part of the problem is that the X2 is still nowhere to be found. While I was waiting for the X2, the X10 was announced. This presented a bit of a problem for me. I had been content to wait out the X1 until it was affordable, willing to forgo the more impressive X2. Both run Windows Mobile. The X10 presented the problem, however. It runs Android. Now I can’t see myself buying the X1 knowing that an Android version is coming. There is one problem with the X10 though, no Qwerty keyboard.

I was browsing the Sony Style store during CES and saw a “Coming Soon” for the Xperia X2. I next went to SonyEricsson.com and saw both the X10 and the X2 on the “Coming Soon” list. Of note is the fact that I searched the United States on both sites. The X1 was not initially made available in the U.S. Not only are the phones showing up in the United States search, they are showing up on AT&T network bands. Both show 850/900/1800/1900, which as far as I can tell means both AT&T and T-Mobile can use it. AT&T’s announcement of Android phones did not mention Sony Ericsson. Everyone thinks that HTC is going to provide 3 phones, while Dell and Motorola will contribute a single Android phone. All this is of course in the first half of 2010. I didn’t see any specific wording that HTC would contribute 3 phones, but I wasn’t at CES so I am holding onto hope that Sony Ericsson will provide one of the 5 AT&T Android phones.

AndroidCentral and Engadget both say that Rogers in Canada is getting the X10 in the 2nd quarter of 2010. CNET announced that the X2 is coming in the Spring, though there was no pricing info.

So, at some point it looks like the X10 and X2 will be available in the first half of 2010. There is no indication that I will be able to buy either one from a carrier though, but I wasn’t holding my breath. My hope is that the unlocked phones don’t cost me as much as a small country. The X2 has already been delayed quite a bit, so I suppose some are still not expecting the X2 any time soon. Perhaps the X1 price will hit bottom when both of these come out. I have been pretty patient so far, so I think I can wait a bit longer.

One way or another, I would really enjoy continuing my tradition of owning Sony Ericsson phones. I would be happy with the Nexus One I think, but I am really trying to hold out for the Sony. We’ll see how that goes.