Another drool-worthy phone has gone on sale in Singapore: the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. The bad news: its hefty price tag of S$1,298 without operator contract.
The quad-band X1’s calling card lists three notable features: a 3-inch WVGA (that’s 800×480 pixels!) touch screen display, slide-out qwerty keyboard and customisable home screen. It fights, therefore, in the same arena as the HTC Touch Pro – joining the latter as one of the few touch phones to incorporate qwerty goodness in the market today. The camera resolution of 3.2 megapixel ain’t bad, but is nothing to shout at.
LIke HTC, Sony Ericsson has wisely chosen to bury the phone’s engine – Windows Mobile 6.1 – with its own snazzy shell software. It also includes the Opera web browser (yay!) in addition to Windows own Internet Explorer Mobile. And with its Sony heritage, it should shine as a music playing device.
Let’s hope the phone’s performance doesn’t get bogged down by the oodles of goodies that have been included.