Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1: 3″ WVGA Smartphone with QWERTY Keyboard

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Specifications:

  • Display: 3″ Touch TFT LCD
  • Pixel Format: 800×480 (landscape)
  • Number of Colors: 65,536
  • Video: 640 x 480 at 30fps recording and playback
  • Camera: 3.2MP
  • Other: Handwriting recognition, touch, QWERTY, optical joystick, 4-way key
  • Availability: September 30, 2008 launch date for UK, Germany, Sweden. Q4’08 for Europe, Asia, Latin America.

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Sony Ericsson: I haven’t paid much attention to Sony Ericsson‘s XPERIA. The reason? I’ve been busy playing with my iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G has a 3.5″ multitouch TFT LCD with a pixel format of 480 x 320 (landscape) or 320 x 480 (portrait) and it really is quite nice. The only thing I wish it had more of are pixels. And that’s where the XPERIA X1 comes in. The display is 0.5″ smaller at 3.0″ but it sports quite a bit more pixels at 800 x 480 (landscape). That’s Nokia N800 territory. I am amazed: cramming all those pixels, all 384,000 of them, into a display that’s just 3.0″ diagonally!

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From looking at the XPERIA X1 pictures, it looks like you can actually see the content of the ‘thumbnails’ on the front screen. You can have up to 9 thumbnails. I have heard that Apple‘s multitouch-capable TFT LCD is specially designed with many patents involved that allows it to work extremely well. I am hoping that Sony Ericsson has something that works just as well on the beautiful LCD. The experience of watching videos, surfing the Internet, checking emails, etc. must be quite a bit richer on the high resolution screen.

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The slide-out QWERTY keyboard should help in typing out those email messages too. So this is what all the fuss is about… I do wonder how you’ll be typing international characters since it has a physical keyboard. Maybe someone is working porting the technology used in the Optimus Maximus keyboard into a smartphone. That way you have a physical keyboard but can modify the content of the key. Just a thought.

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