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PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 29.04.08 - 12:33:11 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 37898x
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Following the earlier exclusive Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 videoview from last week, here we go with a couple of photos which shows you Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile Professional smartphone a little bit more detailed again.
The Xperia X1 has several highlights, feature- and design-wise, like the slide-out thumb-keyboard, the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera (unfortunately with a white photo LED only), the optical joystick in addition to a standard D-Pad, the WVGA touchscreen, the as well as the brushed-steel housing (bellow in the black version contrary to the previously photographed silver version from the Mobile World Congress):










Size-wise and feature-wise, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a quite appealing Windows Mobile Professional smartphone which - I'm sure - will find many friends; as long as Sony Ericsson and HTC (the manufacture of the Xperia X1 will solve the slow display refresh rate).

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Curious on 29.04.08 - 18:59:09

Very nice pictures.  I was unable to view the video.  I was wondering if you might be able to answer a few of questions.  1) I noticed the X arrangement of the buttons next to the optical joypad.  Does this represent a total of 8 usable buttons that can be remapped?  2)  Do you know if programs that operate from a QVGA screen will be able to work in full screen mode for this WVGA screen?  3)  Do software programmers need to optimize their programs to utilize the video drivers (if and when Sony and HTC will get that working)?  Or will programs (such as games) automatically benefit from the video drivers without any further input from programmers?  Thanks.

Posted by RussianGuy on 29.04.08 - 23:28:48

Do you guys remember HTC PPC6700, its looks the same to me, windows newwer version but looks exactly the same. I hated that phone. I really want X1 cause im sick of blackberry but do you think it will be good? or just like HTC? Last i used windows mobile 5 not 6, is it a huge improvement? is it worth it?

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.04.08 - 11:13:43

Curious wrote:

Very nice pictures.  I was unable to view the video.

Yes, sorry - we had a problem with the videos yesterday but now it's up and running again, in case you want to watch it now.

1) I noticed the X arrangement of the buttons next to the optical joypad.  Does this represent a total of 8 usable buttons that can be remapped?

No, it's just 5: Left/Right Softkey, Call/End and X Pannel/OK. Not sure if you can remap them.

2)  Do you know if programs that operate from a QVGA screen will be able to work in full screen mode for this WVGA screen?

I'm sure these apps will run but I don't think they will look good, if an application was developed for a fixed size.

3)  Do software programmers need to optimize their programs to utilize the video drivers (if and when Sony and HTC will get that working)?  Or will programs (such as games) automatically benefit from the video drivers without any further input from programmers?

Hopefully all apps will benefit from the video acceleration but first we have to see it in place for the native X1 applications.

In general I think it's too early for these kind of questions since the device is still in a very early development stage. Sure, the Sony Ericsson developers could tell you more but unfortunately I don't have a contact to them. Nevertheless, maybe someone from SE is reading this thread and can jump in?

Posted by REem on 05.05.08 - 09:01:45

At first I really don't like the prism-like keys on the front of the device. This could have been a little more less eye-catching. The second point of comment, based on the dummy I played with during CEBIT is the low hight of the key's on the qwerty-keyboard. This makes it harder to feel the different keys.

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