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.
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!
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.
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.