The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is one of the most anticipated upcoming Android smart phones. It will be the third Android smart phone from this company, and it will take its place between the larger Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, which has a 4 inch WVGA display, and users complain it’s too big for their pockets, and the smaller X10 mini, which is too small to view anything (it has a 2.6 inch QVGA touch screen with a 320×240 resolution).
The display on the Xperia X8 is a 3 inch capacitive touch screen with a HVGA resolution of 480×320, which is the acceptable minimum these days and the same resolution as on the iPhone 3G and 3GS. A 3.5 inch screen would’ve been nice, but Sony Ericsson said they had to compromise between the phone’s overall size and the display size.
Portability wise, the X8 should be the perfect smart phone – it fits perfectly in any pocket and it’s very durable (the housing has a high quality aluminum finish) and it has all the features a user needs. Sony Ericsson says that it was optimized for one hand operation, and they have also customized the user interface and added a couple of new apps, like a media player that plays most known formats, which is great (as you know, the default Android player significantly lacks in this department).
The internals of the Xperia X8 are pretty impressive, especially for such a small device. It has a 600 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM and it comes with a 2 GB micro SD card out of the box. If you want more, you can buy any micro SD card with a capacity of up to 32 GB. The phone comes with a 3 megapixels camera, which should have the same picture quality as the iPhone 3G, and there’s a 3.5 mm jack for your favorite headphones.
Other technical specs include a GPS receiver, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP (stereo headphones and wireless controls) support, Wi-Fi B/G and a mini USB port. All of this fits inside a 3.90×2.13×0.59 inches housing. It may not be the slimmest around, but it sits very well in your hand and you won’t get many chances to accidentally drop it .
The Xperia X8 will be running Android 2.1 (with a possible upgrade to 2.2, which will have Flash support and the ability to store apps on the external memory card) and will have all of Google’s default apps installed (Gmail, Facebook, Maps, GTalk, Youtube, etc.), as well as a few custom apps from Sony Ericsson, like the SE Music Player, which is much better than the default player on Android and other players on the marketplace.
The phone will be priced at about $250 in the US (200 euro in Europe). Together with a contract, the phone’s price will be significantly lower (about on the same level as the iPhone 3GS, which is now priced at $99 with an AT&T contract).
All in all, the Xperia X8 is a very good phone, and everyone who wants a new smart phone that is also portable (not like the newest models with 4.3 and 4.7 inch screens), should definitely check it out when it’s released. Oh, by the way, the release is set for late September, and no precise date has been specified yet.
In India it will be priced around Rs. 14,499/-.