Sony Ericsson First Windows Phone
Sony Ericsson is announcing plans for its very first Windows Mobile device, a move aimed at boosting the company's presence in the North American smartphone market.
The first product of Sony Ericsson is Xperia X1, a business-oriented phone with a fully QWERTY keyboard, but a complete family of devices is expected. Microsoft hopes Sony Ericsson will leverage its camera and music expertise to help build more consumer-oriented devices.
Xperia X1 has an unusual arc slider that reveals the QWERTY keyboard.
(Credit: Sony Ericsson)
"They've really got some great consumer brands that we'd love to partner with and bring to Windows Mobile," Microsoft Vice President Pieter Knook said in an interview.
The company is expected to have more to say about Windows Mobile in general at its press conference Monday, but Microsoft isn't announcing any details on its future operating systems. There have been rumors aplenty about both a modest update to Windows Mobile 6 and a future version that would have much more touch-screen capabilities a la the iPhone.
Knook acknowledged that Apple has included some nice features with the iPhone, particularly in the Web browser, but declined to talk about when Microsoft might incorporate some of those advances.
"We are certainly investing in the browser," Knook said. "We are certainly investing in entertainment scenarios."
Photo handling is another area he identified as important. The most recent version of Windows Mobile allows for photos to be uploaded to Windows Live Spaces, but Knook said there's more work to do on that front.
"That's still an area where the user experience is more cumbersome than it needs to be," Knook said. As for music, Knook noted the company's recent purchase of Musiwave, as well as the work being done by Microsoft's Zune team.
"We do envisage that some of those experiences will come to the Windows Mobile platform in the future," Knook said.
Update: The device will be known as the Xperia X1, featuring a 3-inch VGA display with an "arc slider" to slide out the keyboard. The device will support HSDPA and HSUPA networks, as well as Wi-Fi.
X1 - Phone summary:
Sony Ericsson XPERIATM X1 – energised communication, the premium experience.
Convergence of multimedia entertainment and mobile Web communication
Windows Mobile® capabilities
Unique arc slider with wide pitch easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard
XPERIA™ panels - arrange as you want for easy access
Enjoy multimedia entertainment on bright wide VGA display
XPERIA™ panel interface – experiences just the way you want them Enjoy access to different experiences – Web, multimedia, applications – from your desktop. Navigate with the tip of your finger. Configure and have your XPERIA™ panels just the way you want them.
Multiple navigation – the choice is yours XPERIA™ X1 lets you interact with your phone in different ways. Touch, full QWERTY keyboard, 4-way key and optical joystick navigation. Switch seamlessly between operation modes.
Arc slider design – makes it stand out The arc design gives XPERIA™ X1 a distinct and unique feel. Slide the screen upwards to reveal the wide pitch QWERTY keyboard. Ample distance between keys makes writing fast and easy.
Ultimate mobile experience – performance on the move With Windows Mobile®, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi™ support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Mobile access to everything that is important to you. A GPS gives you the freedom to explore the world. XPERIA™ X1 is a premium mobile experience.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X1 will be available in India market from the second half of 2008.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X1 – At a Glance:
Auto focus 3.2 megapixel camera Photo light Video recording
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP) Media player Music tones PlayNow™ Windows Media Player Mobile 3D games FM radio Java Video streaming Video viewing
Internet Explorer® Mobile RSS feeds
Communication and Messaging
Polyphonic ringtones Speakerphone Vibrating alert Video calling Email Picture messaging (MMS) Predictive text input Text messaging (SMS)
XPERIA™ panels Optical joystick navigation Navigation key Picture wallpaper Touch navigation
Alarm clock Calculator Calendar Document editors Document readers Flight mode Handwriting recognition Notes Phone book Tasks Touchscreen
aGPS Bluetooth™ technology Modem Synchronization USB support WLAN
Windows® Mobile® Operating System
Microsoft® Outlook Mobile: email, contacts, calendar, tasks Microsoft® Office Mobile: Word, Excel, PowerPoint Internet Explorer® Mobile Windows Media™ Player Mobile Windows Live™ Exchange ActiveSync® Voice control Utility Applications: file explorer, calculator, pictures & video, notes
Facts and Figures
Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
Weight: 145 grams
Available colours: Black, Silver
Main screen: 65,536 color TFT, Resolution: 800 X 480 pixels, Size: 3 inches
Memory: Phone memory- up to 400 MB, microSD™ memory card support
Availability and versions
Networks GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
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