Sony Ericsson gets official with Xperia X8 smartphone

Summary:Caught somewhere between the Xperia X10 and the pair of Xperia X10 Mini devices, Sony Ericsson has officially introduced the Xperia X8 smartphone.

Caught somewhere between the Xperia X10 and the pair of Xperia X10 Mini devices, Sony Ericsson has officially introduced the Xperia X8 smartphone.

The Xperia X8 is an aesthetically pleasing device, albeit a rather simple smartphone. Powered by a 600MHz processor, the new Sony Ericsson handheld will either be initially launched with Android 2.1, or Android 1.6 with an upgrade promised a few weeks later with the rest of the Xperia collection. Naturally, being an Android device, the Google Apps suite will be pre-loaded, including Gmail, YouTube and Maps with Street View.

While the camera isn't the best with 3.2-megapixel image sensor, it does allow for video recording and geo-tagging. Other highlights include a 3-inch TFT touchscreen (320 x 480 resolution), Wi-Fi, a few different music playback options and a 2GB microSD card included in the box.

The Xperia X8 will be released in the third quarter of 2010 for under €200 in "selected markets." With a price estimate given in the Euro denomination, it seems most likely this is headed for a European release ahead of a North American one.

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Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Smartphones

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