DigiTimes writes today, Chinese-language Commercial Times has reported that
will not continue its cooperation with
HTC but will switch to
to Taiwan-based Mobinnova (a handset maker under Foxconn Electronics/Hon Hai
Precision Industry which made
experiences with Windows Mobile already). According to these info, Sony
Ericsson plans to outsource its second Windows Mobile-based smartphone (most
likely the Xperia X2) to
the Taiwanese ODM expert. Although Sony Ericsson is believed to continue
expanding its lineup of Windows Mobile-based smartphones, the company's
partnership with HTC will come to an end when the current production of
Xperia X1 handsets
completes its business circle, the paper quoted industry sources as indicating.
(The photo above doesn't represents a current Sony Ericsson
The switch from HTC to Mobinnova/Focxonn shouldn't be too hard for Sony
Ericsson anyway since the company always highlighted that the Xperia X1 was
designed by Sony Ericsson, co-developed with HTC and manufactured by HTC,
similar to the very early Compaq iPAQs when HTC was another ODM only. To
underline this fact, Sony Ericsson always made clear that it's running its own
Windows Mobile development office on the U.S. West Cost near San Francisco.
Now we can only hope that this switch will not result in any development delays
for the expected Xperia X2.
Cheers ~ Arne