14 February 2010 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Sony Ericsson opens the MWC by announcing the Vivaz Pro, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro - Esato Special
14 February 2010
On the evening before the Mobile World Congress opens, Sony Ericsson held a press conference with the launch of three new phone models. Vivaz Pro, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. Vivaz Pro is a QWERTY version of the previously announced Vivaz. In addition to the keyboard, the following features are different:
The HD video recording capabilities are similar on both models. See images below for a size comparison
In addition to the Vivaz Pro which are running an operating system by Symbian, Sony Ericsson also announced two models running Android OS. We had seen some spy pictures of them before. It was the Robyn.
The official name is X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. The X10 Mini is very small version of the original X10. X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro are idenitical except for the QWERTY keyboard on the Pro version. The X10 Mini does not have the powerfull 1Ghz processor found in X10. It is a Qualcomm but it's "only" running at 600 Mhz. Compared to the larger big brother X10, X10 Mini has a few changes in the home screen. Four menu icons in each display corner are specially added for one-hand usage. Neither of the two Minis MediaScape as the main user interface navigation media content. The camera resolution is 5 megapixel compared to 8.1 on the original X10.
The given 240 hour talk time seems suspiciously low. Sony Ericsson usually have quite good specs when we are talking about battery performance.
I asked about what the price difference would be, and Sony Ericsson told me the price would be very similar. So why should anyone go for the non-keyboard version if the price is the same? It had to do with carrier subsidising in the U.S. One of the models might not be available on all operators in U.S.
Differences between X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro
X10 Mini Pro
To my surpise we didn't see any entry-level devices this year. Sony Ericsson are usually presenting one or two high-end devices and a bunch of entry-level models. This did not happen this year. Neither did they talk about accessories. The MW600 is a very good bluetooth headset which will be out in stores shortly. Strange that they did not mention this at all. Seems like Sony Ericsson are focusing on the high-end market again. At least that is what they want us to believe.