The Xperia X10 may be Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone, but the company is already labelling it as the flagship handset for an entire family of similar devices coming out in the first half of 2010.
The Xperia X10, however, is not being touted loudly as an Android smart phone so much as a Sony Ericsson handset using the Android platform and allowing users to download apps not only through Android Market but also through Sony Ericsson’s own PlayNow arena that offers apps, music, wallpapers and games.
The X10 will have Sony Ericsson’s Timescape for unified contacts and communications as Facebook, Twitter, SMS messages and emails are all combined and threaded, much like on the Palm Pre.
The Mediascape function is a new interface that brings all media together, including what is stored on your phone, YouTube content and new photos and videos from your friends’ online feeds.
Mediascape and Timescape are integrated so content from friends is recognised and connections are made and the "infinite button" is an exclusive feature to Sony Ericsson, collecting all of your interactions with one person, from shared YouTube videos to text messages to Twitter mentions.
Another cool feature is intelligent face recognition, which recognises up to five faces in any picture and connects them into your social phonebook.
The Xperia X10 will be on sale in black and white from Q1 of 2010, and has high speed HSPA connectivity as well as an 8.1-megapixel camera with up to 16x digital zoom, A-GPS, Google Maps, gesture control and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
By Marie Boran
Photo: The Xperia X10 by Sony Ericsson.