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Posted by Phoner




16 June 2010

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is a great entertainment smartphone that extends the appeal of the Xperia™ collection to new market segments. The user interface is similar to that of the Xperia™ X10 mini, with the four-corners that give easy one hand use and can be customised for one touch access to your favourite applications. The Xperia™ X8 also includes Timescape™ for easy access to all your social networking and the infinite button for one click access to a world of content. The open Android operating system delivers great smartphone functionality and access to thousands of applications on Android Market™. Timo Maassmann, Product Marketing Manager for XperiaTM X8, said, “We are delighted to be able to bring the full experience of our XperiaTM smartphones to new consumers by delivering a fully featured device at a more accessible price point.”

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is perfect for enjoying multimedia entertainment. Whether it’s a game from the Android Market™, the latest funny clips on YouTube™ or browsing the web, the 3-inch screen means you won’t miss a thing. Discover and download songs from PlayNow™, then listen to all your music using the 3.5mm headphone jack. If you are feeling more creative, there’s a 3.2 MP camera and video recording functionality.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 – Key features

Four corners for easy one hand use and one touch access to applications
Customise the four corners with your favourite apps and add widgets to your homescreens
Enjoy games, video, internet and more on the 3-inch screen
Timescape™ shows all your communication in one place for ultimate simplicity
Android Market™ – thousands of applications to keep you entertained
3.2 MP camera – snap away and upload instantly to Facebook™
The XPERIA™ X8 supports GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 900/2100 and UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900/2100

The XPERIA™ X8 will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colours White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, Silver/ White.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X8 at a glance

Camera

3,2 megapixel camera
Direct picture upload to Facebook™
Geo tagging
Sony Ericsson Album application
Video recording
Music

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
PlayNow™
Sony Ericsson Music Player
TrackID™
Web

Bookmarks
Pan and zoom
WebKit web browser
Communication

Facebook™ application
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Messaging

Push email
Instant messaging
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® support with Dataviz™ RoadSync™
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Design

Auto rotate
Picture wallpaper
Capacitive touchscreen
Entertainment

Infinite button
Sony Ericsson FM radio
Video streaming
Video viewing
Organiser

Calendar
Flight mode
Phone book with dialer
Sony Ericsson Home with Widget
Notes
Location-based services

A-GPS
Google Maps™
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation (free trial version)


3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth™ technology
Micro USB connector
NeoReader® barcode scanning app
Sony Ericsson Sync
USB mass storage
USB support
Wi-Fi™
Google™ services

Android Market™ Client
Gmail™
Google Calendar™
Google LatitudeTM
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google search widget
Google Talk™
YouTube™
Screen

16,777,216 colour TFT touchscreen
Capacitive touchscreen
3.0 inches
320 x 480 pixels (HVGA)
Scratch-resistant (min. pencil hardness 6H)
Accessories

In-Box:
XPERIA™ X8
Battery 1200mAh
Stereo portable handsfree
2 GB microSD™ card
Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation
Optional:
Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600
Portable Stereo Speakers MS450
Hi-Fi Headset with Remote MH810
Facts

Size: 99 x 54 x 15 mm
Weight: 104g
Phone memory: Up to 128 MB
Memory card support: microSD™ up to 16GB
Memory card included: 2 GB
Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6
Processor: 600MHz
Availability and versions

Networks
UMTS HSPA 900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Available in selected markets from Q3 2010
Colour

White
Dark Blue/White
Aqua Blue/White
Pink/White
Silver/White



Official press release

Official page with specifications...
[ This Message was edited by: Phoner on 2013-01-22 13:39 ]



Posted by Mano82
Camera 3.2 megapixel & Android 1.6 This is not promising

Posted by goldenface
Nice to see FM Radio, NeoReader and micros USB. For a while I thought it was fastport.

Definitely not a high end phone.
[ This Message was edited by: goldenface on 2010-06-16 09:46 ]


Posted by xell

On 2010-06-16 10:44:22, Mano82 wrote:
Camera 3.2 megapixel & Android 1.6 This is not promising


XperiaTM X8 will either launch on Android 1.6 with a subsequent upgrade to Android 2.1 a few weeks later or will launch on Android 2.1. The final decision will be taken on a market-by-market basis.


http://blogs.sonyericsson.com[....]nouncement-and-xperia-updates/

And it's very, very affordable.

Posted by NoroBiik
posting Engadget article with pics of X10mini, X8 & X10 side by side

http://www.engadget.com/2010/[....]ade-official-coming-in-q3-201/

Posted by Mano82

On 2010-06-16 10:46:42, xell wrote:
XperiaTM X8 will either launch on Android 1.6 with a subsequent upgrade to Android 2.1 a few weeks later or will launch on Android 2.1. The final decision will be taken on a market-by-market basis.


http://blogs.sonyericsson.com[....]nouncement-and-xperia-updates/

And it's very, very affordable.



Ok Thanks That's good Camera could have been 5mp at least

Posted by Phoner
3.2 MPix and without AF?
[ This Message was edited by: Phoner on 2010-06-16 10:35 ]


Posted by Arne Anka

On 2010-06-16 11:12:43, Mano82 wrote:
Ok Thanks That's good Camera could have been 5mp at least


It costs less than the X10 mini, so why should X8 have a 5 MP camera ?

Posted by Phoner
First look from a Russian site http://translate.google.com/t[....]sc/SE_X8-prev.html&sl=ru&tl=en

Posted by NoroBiik

On 2010-06-16 10:44:22, Mano82 wrote:
Camera 3.2 megapixel & Android 1.6 This is not promising


Looks like Android 2.1 is definitely in the works for this phone, quote from http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/

"XperiaTM X8 will either launch on Android 1.6 with a subsequent upgrade to Android 2.1 a few weeks later or will launch on Android 2.1. The final decision will be taken on a market-by-market basis
[ This Message was edited by: NoroBiik on 2010-06-16 10:47 ]


Posted by Bonovox
I think they could have at least put in a flash. How much does a tiny led cost? Not much

Posted by Muhammad-Oli
You know, once upon a time XPERIA meant high end, ultra desirable phones with the latest features. These days it seems to simply mean Android phone.

This is a nice phone for its price and feature-set. Hopefully it will get the 2.1 upgrade the X10 is getting, it certainly deserves to. I just don't honestly see why they labeled it XPERIA other than that it looks a bit like the X10.

EDIT: Thanks NoroBiik.
[ This Message was edited by: Muhammad-Oli on 2010-06-16 10:48 ]


Posted by Phoner
Promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHTuqn6AY3o

Posted by anders260
hand on

http://www.se-first.com/

Posted by iamstevie
This is gutting. For me, the X8 would be the most reasonably sized handset of the lot. If it at least matched the specs of the Mini, I'd consider it. If it had the qwerty keyboard like the Pro, I'd definitely get it.

But the fact it actually has less functionality than both these phones, despite being bigger.... Well it's disappointing! Clearly the justification is it's aimed at being an entry-level handset, but I dunno, just feels like such a waste to have that additional space to add more functionality and not use it.

Posted by hihihans
Wait till you see X8mini
Edit. That's yendo
[ This Message was edited by: hihihans on 2010-06-16 11:51 ]


Posted by goldenface
I'm on the fence with this one. It's a great design and looks lovely, but what happened to SE competing at the high-end? This looks like decidedly low mid-range, designed to boost profits.
[ This Message was edited by: goldenface on 2010-06-16 12:02 ]


Posted by Kimi

On 2010-06-16 12:59:42, goldenface wrote:
I'm on the fence with this one. It's a great design and looks lovely, but what happened to SE competing at the high-end? This looks like decidedly low mid-range, designed to boost profits.
Yes, that's what it is intended for. If it helps SE to gain market share and having more money for developing the next-generation high-end Android, then that's fine for me.
Naming it "Xperia" might not seem a good choise, but I'm sure the marketing guys at SE have thought this through.

Posted by emzee_ali
I think any OS smartphone, except the Symbian OS, made by SE these days is being named as Xperia.
And i think it wud have made more sense if X8 had specifications of X10 Mini and X10 Mini had the specifications of X8.


Posted by xell

On 2010-06-16 11:47:05, Muhammad-Oli wrote:
You know, once upon a time XPERIA meant high end, ultra desirable phones with the latest features. These days it seems to simply mean Android phone.

Press release quote:
Xperia smartphones add best-in-class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as applications (apps), maps, email and fast internet connection to create the most entertaining smartphones.



Posted by goldenface
So Xperia isn't part of the Entertainment Unlimited range - which combines the best of both Cyber-shot and Walkman, or have they put the Entertainment Unlimited brand on the back-burner? It's not something we hear much of, Satio and W995 were the last EU device, were they not?


[ This Message was edited by: goldenface on 2010-06-16 13:00 ]


Posted by Shino03
Please don't tell to me it doesn't have autofocus..

Posted by xell
I won't. But...

Posted by Dups!


Naughty, xell

I suppose I, like Muhammad Oli, had a skewed idea of what the Xperia brand stands or is supposed to stand for. I think because of the high end first release that is the X1 most of us saw an ultra high end brand. Personally, I wish they could keep it at ultra high end levels cause the Xperia phones thus far, bar the minis and the X8, have been high end in every sense. The X2 was just an X1 rebranded with horrible software engineering.

This should make money for SE no doubt and it is good for them to give consumers something this cheap with good premium looks.


Posted by carkitter
I was a bit disappointed to find this had a 3.2Mp camera because it certainly looks like a premium phone that should have a 5.0Mp. It's styling is good but I think need to rethink their designs. Apple's new phone has really impressed me with it's innovative high-quality materials and 3-piece stainless-steel chassis/antenna. Its design on the outer edge and seeing continually release 15mm thick, plastic fantastic models even in the mid-range is a turn-off for me. Shame, as I think this is overall a good effort from

Not sure why seem to have gone backwards from the days of the remarkably thin C902, T700 and T650.

Posted by Mano82

On 2010-06-16 11:29:43, Arne Anka wrote:

On 2010-06-16 11:12:43, Mano82 wrote:
Ok Thanks That's good Camera could have been 5mp at least


It costs less than the X10 mini, so why should X8 have a 5 MP camera ?

I don't know how much it costs, but 3.2 mp can be a deal breaker for many, who want a "medium size X10".


Posted by anders260
Mattias Holm says:
June 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Hi,
Thanks for all your comments. Both positive and negative. Rest assure that we work on addressing any issues or concerns you have with our phones.I briefly wanted to respond to some of the comments stemming from this post:
* With regards to Android updates. We have now confirmed 2.1 from Q3 and onwards. In addition to that you will get some really nice additional ux upgrade such as HD video and DLNA connectivity. You can be certain that we are working on implementing later versions of Android os into our portfolio. However we cannot/do not want to reveal our future Android roadmap at this stage due to commercial/competetive reasons. You will have to stay tuned on this blog for more info to come * Apologies. I am aware that we havent followed up on the post re smaller software update that Sumit did a couple of weeks ago. We will get back to you with more info on this very shortly (read very shortly)
* The processor speed for Yendo is 156 mhz. Thanks for spotting conflicting info on our web. We will revise.
cheers
Mattias


http://blogs.sonyericsson.com[....]t-and-xperia-updates/#comments

Posted by Bonovox
They seem to be all doing it with some new Android devices. Samsung recently released an Android device with onlt a 3 meg camera & my LG Optimus Android phone also has a 3 meg camera. Is this a way of making them more afordable or what. Although I do say my camera is actually good

Posted by xell

On 2010-06-16 16:25:45, Mano82 wrote:
I don't know how much it costs, but 3.2 mp can be a deal breaker for many, who want a "medium size X10".

It will be under 200 when it launches. RRP in Germany is 219. You can always subtract 15-20% from the RRPs to get the launch market price. This phone is dead cheap for its specs.

Posted by Bonovox
Have lost their direction again or what or just lost the plot releasing this

Posted by lukechris
This looks remarkably like the X10 mini to me

Posted by Marly
I don't think, SE lost the plot with this phone, it looks great and, as Android is hot, people might be very interested in an Android device with a reasonable price.
Don't forget, cameras and megapixels aren't that hot anymore, it's now all about apps.
Might try one of these , still have some doubts though, not about the OS, I like Android, just don't like "big brother" Google watching me.

Posted by Bonovox
Yeah I know that I love my Android device & hardly use the camera

Posted by xell

On 2010-06-16 17:27:12, Bonovox wrote:
Yeah I know that I love my Android device & hardly use the camera

So what's your point besides random babbling?

Posted by xell

On 2010-06-16 17:44:13, lukechris wrote:
For god sake, 320 x 480 is the oddest screen resolution ever (for an Android handset), meaning lots of apps will be incompatible, as a developer, I don't fancy farting around changing my apps so they work with 1 phone, its not worth the effort.
Bad stuff, only just noticed


O rly?

Posted by Bonovox
Actually the screen looks sharp & I have had no problems with apps yet but though I download them I don't buy many just alot of the free ones Xell very sorry for commiting such a crime And Xell so is 320x240 on the Mini
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2010-06-16 16:57 ]


Posted by lukechris
Yeah I just got the same page up. My bad, didnt realise

Posted by SKIBBE
f**k this, now the "xperia" feel is gone, once i could say xperia and everyone knew i had an highend expensive phone, now there are crappy xperia phones that will be sold to the masses.

they could name them something else that stod for value/cheap android phones. and let the xperia stand for the best that SE got.

Posted by lukechris
IMHO this is going to be the new cheap phone for kids, the one you can get for 50 or on a 10 a month contract. Just you wait for a few months after release.

Posted by Bonovox
There is nothing wrong though with making Android affordable to the masses with a cheaper option which may do some good profits wise. I am sure they will still make the high end models. I don't mind the 3 meg camera just they could have at least put an led flash on it

Posted by NoroBiik

On 2010-06-16 16:32:49, Bonovox wrote:
They seem to be all doing it with some new Android devices. Samsung recently released an Android device with onlt a 3 meg camera & my LG Optimus Android phone also has a 3 meg camera. Is this a way of making them more afordable or what. Although I do say my camera is actually good



The Samsung Galaxy Spica : http://www.phonearena.com/htm[....]5700-Review-review-r_2310.html

there's going to be a war in the mid-range smartphone arena this year. In regions like Asia where prepaid users outnumber postpaid subscribers 9:1 price is going to be a major consideration. The Spica sells locally here at PHP 13,800.00 or around 243 euros but it's so in demand it's become hard to find.

If SE doesn't have good midrange Android phones, those Spica owners are going to upgrade to high end Samsung android phones (or LG , also popular). Whether Xperia was the right brand to do it in is an open question.

Posted by rss_ndrsn
It does not seem to have Mediascape. Does it also have built in FM Radio or MW600 compensates for that?

Posted by 10123

On 2010-06-16 18:23:48, Bonovox wrote:
There is nothing wrong though with making Android affordable to the masses with a cheaper option which may do some good profits wise. I am sure they will still make the high end models. I don't mind the 3 meg camera just they could have at least put an led flash on it



Agree, however I do not agree with SE using the Xperia on any old copy and paste phone, I don't know why they can't crat a new model letter for the X8/X10mini.
[ This Message was edited by: 10123 on 2010-06-16 19:09 ]


Posted by darbo
do you think there will be a x8 pro?

Posted by Phoner

On 2010-06-16 19:15:31, rss_ndrsn wrote:
It does not seem to have Mediascape. Does it also have built in FM Radio or MW600 compensates for that?

It has music player and radio.

Posted by Phoner
More hands-on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwXWTlYG0VY

Posted by Phoner
Could someone please confirm if it has MegaBass? In specification pages it is clearly shown that it has.
http://www.sonyericsson.com/c[....]rtfolio/specification/xperiax8
http://www.sonyericsson.com/c[....]c=gb&lc=en#view=specifications

and Java...
[ This Message was edited by: Phoner on 2010-06-16 23:23 ]


Posted by mediar
More previews:
( HD ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfHYN1tEr3M
( HD ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkklt6kUCyE
( HD ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9O7l6NC1Ro

Posted by rjs675
X8 looks pretty good, don't know whether I prefer this or X10 mini...

Posted by Alihosny
new hands on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouX_0yY-8fg&feature=related
and one from mobile-review
http://www.youtube.com/watch?[....]VkC8&feature=player_embedded#!


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