Sony XPERIA X10 available in New Zealand from June

My enthusiasm for the original XPERIA phone was dampened by the warty Windows Mobile OS. The new (to New Zealand) X10 is running the Android OS. To be honest, I have no idea which version of fork of Android, but does that matter? I’m sure someone will chime in and tell me. It looks good doesn’t it?

You can have one for only about the price of a top-end iPad starting from June.

Full press release follows:
[quote]New Zealand, 9th April 2010: Today Sony Ericsson launches the XPERIA™ X10, the flagship handset of the aptly named ‘Fab 5’ series of mobile phones for 2010. Building on Sony Ericsson’s entertainment heritage the handset is designed to deliver the best user experience in communication, social media and entertainment in one place on a stunningly clear new four inch screen.
Socialise with friends and family in a whole new way through new unique signature applications Timescape™ and Mediascape, on the XPERIA™ X10 and open up a world of possibilities with the Infinite button.  This clever function is integrated into Timescape™ and Mediascape and can automatically recognise connections between contacts, content and media. By recommending alternative ways to communicate or guiding users to new media experiences, the Infinite button lets consumers discover more in a truly open way.
·       Timescape™ intuitively brings together all recent mobile and online communication in chronological order onto a 3D scrolling menu – Facebook™ and Twitter updates, photos, missed calls, emails, and SMS messages –easy viewing and organisation of previews, or full views. Press the Infinite button to access all of your communications with one person in one place.
·       Mediascape is the smart way to get music, photos and videos, as it cleverly pulls online content as well as content already stored on the handset all onto the same screen. Smarter still, when listening to a favourite song, press the Infinite button to see related content about that artist, as well as albums, songs and video content from YouTube™ and Google.
Another signature feature is Face Recognition – simply take photos of your friends with the 8.1 megapixel camera, with 16 x digital zoom, and tag up to five faces on the screen. The image is automatically filed in date order under the friend’s name in the photo gallery or social phonebook. Upload the photos directly to social network sites or simply click on a friend’s face to start communicating with them. Next time this friend is snapped in a shot, they will be automatically tagged using the face recognition software.
Brendan Johnston, Managing Director, Sony Ericsson Oceania said, “The XPERIA™ X10 is a superior consumer experience enabling people to catch life all in one place while on the move. We are delivering a true, open world of entertainment with our unrivalled social networking capabilities, media features and choice of the most popular applications on Android Marketplace. Add that to our new, unique User eXperience (UX) platform and it really sets the XPERIA™ X10 apart.”
The UX platform builds on top of the Android™ operating system and brings together a rich graphical user interface, unrivalled service plug-ins and content from external partners to deliver unique consumer experiences such as Sony Ericsson’s signature applications Timescape™ and Mediascape.
Enjoy a host of features and capabilities including: Gmail, YouTube™, Google Maps™, Street View™, 3D games, push email and calendar, video streaming and recording, album art, TrackID™, 8GB microSD™ card and Bluetooth™ stereo with a 3.5mm audio jack. Its human curvature design ensures the handset ergonomically fits in the palm of the hand for the best user experience possible. 
The XPERIA™ X10 supports GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 900/1700/2100 and UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900/2100
The XPERIA™ X10 will be available in Sensuous Black at an RRP of $1,399 on the Telecom and Vodafone networks from June 2010.[/quote]


    1. Oh eww. See this is the problem. Android is up to 2.1 already, and Sony are merrily forking around with 1.6 and custom additions.

  1. word is that it will have 2.x by shipping time. vf uk launch xperia this month. be interested to see which version.

  2. Can you drop a link to that PR you quote Ben?

    You and Mario are the only places I can find a mention

  3. I had a play with one in the store yesterday.

    Nice phone, surprisingly light.

    Quick and responsive, as you’d expect with that hardware.

    If only it had Android 2.1!

    (Not that 1.6 is that bad, it’s perfectly functional, just doesn’t take much advntage of the hardware.)

      1. available Q4 2010:

        Some examples of user benefits that will be included in the UXP upgrade for Xperia™ X10 in Q4 2010 are:
        – Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
        – HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz™
        – Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
        – Improvements to signature applications Timescape™ and Mediascape to make them even smarter and richer

  4. Any idea on a Telecom release date?

    Also SE have confirmed that in October it will have a update to 2.1

  5. I have just purchased one. Vodafone have an online promotion – first 300 sold recieve a free PSP! Sold, thank you very much.

    Sony have stated the new Adroid upgrade will be released Q4 of 2010 and will enable HD video recording, faster operation blah blah blah…goody.

    1. Have u received ur phone yet? What’s the content inside the box?
      I ordered mine last friday from noel lemming.. i’m still waiting for mine to arrive. hate waiting.

  6. Yes…and meanwhile, virtually every HTC Android phone (not to mention Samsung and motorola) will have been on 2.2 for some time, with a 2-5x performnce improvement over 2.1 for processor releated operations.

  7. @rob-nz any idea what the actual reason for SE’s upgrade lag is? Is it purely because they have to test their custom apps and UI?

    I’m presuming there’s nothin stopping them releasing a “vanilla” upgrade, then an upgrade with all the extra bits later? If the marketing droids would ever allow a SE phone out in the wild without some sort of UI branding?

  8. Just some guesses.

    I think it’s a combination of conservative corporate and their ‘UXP’ ‘User Experience Platform’ gui.

    Although I can’t really see how the latter is causing such a big delay, there are other custom launchers for android, including things like aHome desktop from the Market and they updated to 2.x within days of its release. (And its not like SE can’t afford development effort)


  9. To be honest, I only had the phone in my hands for a few minutes at the shop, but flicking through the status screens it din’t look like the custom Sony Apps were doing a whole lot at a system level.

    They’re just Apps, even the launcher and desktop.

    You’d think if they were properly compiled for 1.6, it wouldn’t be THAT hard to recompile on the new SDK.

  10. Have just heard from a major retailer of the SE X10 that they have completely sold out of their stocks in Auckland… but that nearly all of them have been returned for repairs. Unsure of the specific failure though.

    1. I’ve got my x10 for around 1 month.. love my x10 very much, i think x10 is really awesome..
      i think the only problem would be with the call quality. can’t really hear clearly when it’s noisy. i’m living in palmy, sometimes the wind is just too strong and so my gf can’t hear me on the phone.
      Heard about the firmware update via SEUS. havent updated mine though..

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