All right, we won't pretend we're utterly surprised by the announcement of the Xperia X2. It was only a matter of time before Sony Ericsson made things official after the persistent leaks on the web. So here it is, the Xperia X2, a Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional smartphone that is expected to be available Q4 in Asia Pacific.
Below is a quick side-by-side comparison of the Xperia X2 and X1:
|Sony Ericsson Xperia X2||Sony Ericsson Xperia X1|
|110x54x16mm, 155g||110x53x16.7mm, 145g|
|3.2-inch WVGA 65K colours touchscreen||3-inch WVGA 65K colours touchscreen|
|528 MHz processor||Qualcomm MSM 7200 528MHz processor|
|512MB ROM / 256MB RAM||512MB ROM / 256MB RAM|
|microSD card slot||microSD card slot|
|8.1-megapixel camera||3.2-megapixel camera|
|3.5mm audio jack||3.5mm audio jack|
|Windows Mobile 6.5||Windows Mobile 6.1|
The three-by-three panel concept that debuted on the Xperia X1 has also made it to the X2. According to Sony Ericsson, the X2 will be preloaded with 14 panels and users have the option to download an additional 16 from PlayNow Arena. Some of these include Skype, Mytopia, Google, CNN and Windows Live. Going by the screenshots, it is possible to take a picture or upload an existing image directly from the Facebook panel on the device. Double-clicking the new SlideView button activates the grid and you can flip through all the panels on the handset. There's also a new feature that lets you set which panels to appear at selected times of the day.
Other enhancements to the interface include SlideView and a 3D Signature panel. These are new terms to us. But in a nutshell, SlideView lets you have quick access to your contacts, messages, multimedia content, etc. It also gives you an overview of missed calls, emails and text messages. Building on the same shortcut concept is the 3D Signature panel that comprises of 3D boxes of different sizes and has a ripple-like effect when activated. From here, various apps are sorted into business, fun and communication categories.
The X2 runs on the Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system and, along with it, Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile with OneNote, and support for Microsoft Exchange services. The 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen is a resistive-type display which requires slight pressure to detect key presses. The stylus is stowed away in a compartment slot on the device. Aside from that, the X2 also supports HSPA 7.2Mbps/2Mbps download/upload speeds, as well as TV-out. Of the 512MB ROM, about 110MB is available to the user.
Sony Ericsson hasn't announced a price for the Xperia X2 yet, but the device is expected to be available early Q4 in Asia Pacific. We can only hope that this happens on 6 October when Windows Mobile 6.5 debuts at the same time.