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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mobile phone unveiled

Flagship Android handset to launch early 2010

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson has released details on its Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone. Speculation has been rife about the Android-based handset – previously code-named Rachael – but this is the first time that the company has confirmed its details.

The touchscreen Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the company’s third smartphone device and is described by Sony Ericsson as being the ‘flagship phone in a family of phones coming to market during the first half of 2010’.

Android operating system

It features a new interface called UX, which has been laid over Google’s Android operating system. Sony Ericsson has described this platform as being set to expand across a range of the company’s products and one that is able to continuously evolve.

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The handset has two features called Timescape and Mediascape. The Timescape feature manages communication such as e-mails, texts, calls, Facebook and Twitter feeds – while the Mediascape feature manages music, photos and video – including YouTube.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features

The mobile phone has a face recognition system that can match images with entries saved in the social phonebook.

Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phone expert, said: ‘With its 8.1Mp camera and 4-inch touchscreen the X10 is certainly well-equipped. However, the most interesting feature of the X10 is not the handset’s hardware, but its operating system. This is the first Sony Ericsson device to run on Android, and it will be interesting to see how they marry together.’

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will be available in black or white, and features Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.5mm audio jack. The handset has 1GB of internal memory and will be delivered with an 8GB microSD card.

Prices and an exact launch date are yet to be confirmed.

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