Craving a new smartphone but don't have a pocket full of cash to spend? As luck would have it, Sony Ericsson's Xperia 10 has been spotted in some Best Buy stores selling for $1. Naturally you need to sign up for a 2-year service agreement, and the special pricing is only available for new customers, but there's another reason why you might want consider this one.
After nearly a year of speculation, Sony's Ericsson Xperia 10 is officially (and finally) headed to AT&T and will be available on August 15th (next Sunday) for $130.
Built around Google's Android platform, the X10 joins a growing list of smartphones outfitted with Qualcomm's popular 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It also comes with a 4-inch touch display, 8.1MP camera with smile detection, face recognition, autofocus, and LED flash, and 2GB of onboard memory expandable up to 32GB.
"Sony Ericsson is raising the bar for entertainment-rich phones with the launch of the Xperia X10," said Paul Hamnett, senior vice president, Sony Ericsson North America. "With the convergence of our user experience platform and the Android OS, we are bringing consumers a smartphone experience that is not only exciting, but also very refined. Following the successful global launch of the Xperia™X10, we are pleased to partner with AT&T to launch this phone in the U.S. market."
Less clear is exactly what version of Android the X10 will run. Sony's screenshots seem to reveal Android 1.6, which would put the X10 behind the curve right from the get-go, and according to Phonescoop.com, you can bank on this being the case. Bummer.
Sony Ericsson today published the specs and a video of the Xperia X10, its debut Android smartphone, which was hitherto known by its code name “Rachel”. It can be expected to be a guaranteed fixture on the list of the most powerful Android phones by the virtue of its 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
As for the software, the X10 will run Android 1.6 Donut. In addition to apps found on the Android Marketplace, apps for this phone will also be available through Sony Ericsson’s PlayNow arena service. The X10 will feature a 4-inch TFT touchscreen, an 8MP camera with LED flash, WiFi, A-GPS and 3G. The company is expected to release the X10 in the first quarter of 2010.