Xperia X1 to Be Released Mid-September?

If you can believe what Handango is telling its partners, we should see the Xperia X1 drop in the US in

XPERIA X1 To Use MicroSD After All

As surur notes in our forums, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 won't be using the hateful, proprietary, Sony-Only Memory Stick format. It'll use microSD, like a proper smartphone should, assuming that the updated spec sheet is to be believed.

Surur also notes that the X1 might actually be running

Sony XPERIA X1 Runs WM 6.1

We mentioned in our podcast that the folks at the Sony booth at MWC wouldn't let people really get a full hands-on with the new XPERIA X1, and now we know why. The X1 is running Windows Mobile 6.1, as confirmed by adonis demon1.

We also have confirmation of the specs: 800x480 screen resolution (apologies for the mix up in our former post - stupid us for trusting Sony's own press release. 528MHz(!) processor, 128mb RAM, 256 ROM, 1500mAH battery. This thing is loaded for bear.

We only have 3 gripes (and another thought about Windows Mobile 6.1) - both after the break.

Them gripes:

  1. It's not here yet.
  2. It uses Sony's ridiculous Memory Stick format instead of some form of SD. (Seriously, Sony, you won the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray format war, can't you just be happy with that and give up on this stupid memory format?)
  3. The keyboard, though we can't be sure until we've used it, has some weird button choices. The Enter key is huge, there's a big, wasteful Tab button, and it looks to us like it's going to be a royal pain hunting down all the different alt-punction bits we're going to want.

Back to the headline. Many expected that Microsoft would announce Windows Mobile 6.1 at MWC. Certainly the cat is out of the bag on this one (and has been for awhile). The only bright side to it is that the next big conference is going to be CTIA on April 1st in Las Vegas -- so we might have a chance to see it unveiled live there. One of the keynotes is from our boy Robbie Bach. As we said after the recent management shakeup, it's about time he let the XBox and Zune coast for awhile and pay attention to WinMo. A keynote seems like a good time to do that, eh?

1: Wait, isn't that Angel? No, he's just a vampire. Still, though, hot and slightly evil - close enough.

Sony Ericsson Joins the Windows Mobile Camp!

You smell that, folks? It's the excitement coming out of Barcelona and the Mobile World Congress. First up: we have a new manufacturer in the Windows Mobile camp, and it's Sony Ericsson! The picture above is the Sony XPERIA X1 (do we really have to capitalize it like that?). The X1 is a Widows Mobile 6 Professional Slider - a combination of a Touchscreen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard is nothing new. But check out this pic of exactly how it slides out - it arcs:

Shiny, no? They've added some interface tweaks on top of WM too, some ZuMobi-esque “Panels” that you can slide around to you heart's content. There's also the “optical joystick” that we panned on the Samsung SGH-i780. Thankfully there's also the standard 5-way on there as well.

Specs are hotness too:

  • HSDPA/HSUPA (Quad Band, too), WiFi
  • aGPS
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
  • 145 grams
  • “VGA” Screen

Read that last one again, why don't you? That's “VGA” (Sony's term, not ours, thanks for the correction tferrill!), as in 800x600. It should be arriving “second half of 2008” in “selected markets.” Select us! Select us!

More photos after the break! Also after the break, a fancy video commercial snippet that will show you the new panels interface

Note - the device doesn't show its face until a full minute in.

Engadget is reporting that the XPERIA X1 is actually manufactured by HTC. Hunh.