Posts Tagged ‘Xperia X8’

Xperia X8 – Unboxing and First Impressions

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Sony Ericsson

I have been trying out the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 for a couple days now, and thought I’d share my first impressions and some un-boxing photos. The X8 is larger than the Xperia X10 mini and mini pro, but much smaller than the full-size Xperia X10. While it has some features in common with the minis, it is a unique device.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 1.6 (with additional UI features)
  • 3″ Capacative Touch Screen
  • 128MB onboard memory
  • MicroSD support, up to 16GB
  • 3.2MP Camera
  • Bluetooth with A2DP Stereo
  • Megabase
  • TrackID Music Recognition
  • FM Radio with RDS (requires headphones for antenna)
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Micro USB
  • Wi-Fi support
  • aGPS
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape
  • Infinite Button
  • Sony Ericsson Music Player
  • Media Player

This phone was designed to be affordable, but as you can see it packs a lot of features. It has the same 4-corner shortcut layout as the X10 mini and mini pro, which makes one-handed operation easier. It shares the wider, more stylish USB cover featured on the full-size X10, which adds to the sleek look of the phone. I found it is a little stiff and harder to open than on my X10, but it is likely that will ease with use.

Check out photos from the un-boxing below.

Comparing it to the X10 mini, it is actually quite similar. The screen is larger, 3″ instead of the 2.6″ on the mini. The X10 mini also features a camera light, while the X8 doesn’t. Both feature Timescape, which is now my favorite way to use Facebook. I really like the deck of cards display for Facebook updates.

The speaker quality on the music player is really good. It almost seems stronger than the X10. I am going to do some side-by-side testing to see how well they track for my full review. As with the X10 mini, I am mis-typing a lot. This is why I preferred the X10 mini pro with the slide-out QWERTY keyboard over the regular X10 mini. It gets better in landscape mode, but is still usable in portrait. I just have to take my time.

So far the phone is testing really well. I am happy overall. My wife thinks my X10 is way too big, and confirmed that this phone feels more natural in her hand. She pointed out that the slick back is a little hard to hold on to, being used to the rubberized back on the HTC Aria and on the case she added to the Aria. She also said that if she had to choose between the Aria and the Xperia X8, Sony Ericsson would win hands-down.

I am going to keep testing the Xperia X8. I’ll be posting a full review soon. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the device.

Xperia X8 Intro Video

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Sony Ericsson shared a short video introducing the Xperia X8 phone. From the video, you can see how it compares in size, falling nicely between the X10 and the X10 Mini. The four-corner navigation looks really nice. The video also shows the basic navigation on the phone. I wish the video were a little longer, but it was enough to show that this phone is really worth paying attention to. The video is below. Enjoy.

Xperia X8 Announced

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Sony Ericsson announced several phones today. Among them was the newest member of the Xperia family, the X8. The X8 comes in between the full-sized Xperia X10 and the Xperia X10 Mini. The stated goal of the X8 is to reach out to a new market. The UI is based on the X10 mini, with the same four corner, one hand usability. The X8 will also feature Sony Ericsson’s Timescape for keeping up with social networking sites. The price for the X8 should make it easier for people to acquire, even without a carrier subsidy.

“We are delighted to be able to bring the full experience of our Xperia smartphones to new consumers by delivering a fully featured device at a more accessible price point.”
Timo Maassmann, Product Marketing Manager for XperiaTM X8

Xperia X8

Let’s take a look at the specs:

  • 3″ Capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels (HVGA)
  • Auto rotate
  • 600MHz Processor
  • 3.2MP camera with Geo tagging, video recording, and direct to Facebook uploads
  • Music player with PlayNow and TrackID
  • Messaging: Push email, Instant messaging Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support, MMS, SMS, Predictive Text Input

  • Infinite button
  • FM radio, Video streaming, Video viewing
  • Location based services: A-GPS, Google Maps, Wiseplot navigation (free trial)
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth with A2DP, Micro USB connector, NeoReader barcode scanning app
  • USB mass storage and other USB support
  • Up to 128MB internal memory, 2GB microSD card included, upgrade up to 16GB

For a lower-priced entry phone, this is pretty loaded with features. It is available on the GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100 and UMTS HSPA 900/2100 bands. The four corner customizable one-touch menu options look pretty convenient, and are designed to be used with one hand. The X8 will either be released with Android 1.6 and upgrade quickly to 2.1, or it may begin at 2.1, according to Sony Ericsson. It may end up varying from market to market.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 will be available in Q3, 2010, in select areas. It will be available in a variety of colors. For anyone wanting to get in on the Xperia action without the higher price of entry, this phone looks really good. The phone is currently being priced below 200 Euros, which places it slightly above the subsidized price of the X10 (where available), but doesn’t anchor you to a carrier. As more information on US carriers and availability comes out, I’ll post about it. The Xperia line keeps growing, and each one of them could make it to my wish list. Now we just need to see if AT&T will get involved.