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VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's latest Xperia X1 Built
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 15.09.08 - 10:27:57 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 122415x
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Following Sony Ericsson's announcement from last week to finally launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 later this month, thanks to O2 Germany - which confirmed the upcoming launch as well - last weekend I got my hands on an Xperia X1 as well. And while the device was still based on the pre-production hardware, the Windows Mobile ROM built was way newer, actually it was from early September and I was told that, even if not the release candidate, this Beta comes pretty close to what the final software should look. First of all, the ROM is way faster than everything I've seen on an X1 before. Switching between portrait and landscape mode just seems to take milliseconds only and also the panels start much faster than before.

Also this is the first built which officially features Opera Mobile 9.5 which Sony Ericsson just decided in last minute to add to the Xperia X1.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments bellow. Also don't miss Sony Ericsson's upcoming webcast which the company will hold today and where you will also be able to ask questions. Maybe, the video above is just a good preparation for the webcast.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Legen on 15.09.08 - 12:26:42

thanx for the great review. noticed u had to slide out the keyboard to see the pictures in landscape, that means its got no accelerometer?

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.09.08 - 12:39:41

That's right, there is no G-Sensor/accelerometer available. Or let me put it this way, since we know that devices often have features which aren't enabled on the first take: If there is an accelerometer (which I doubt according to my information), it's not supported yet.

Posted by T. on 15.09.08 - 13:58:35

Nice review, thanks! Can you maybe tell something about the keyboard? Is it easy to use?

Posted by Mexchen on 15.09.08 - 18:22:30

Hi, thanks,
Did you tried the Cam?

Why was it unbranded? You` ve got it from O2 Germany, right?

All the best,


Posted by MM on 15.09.08 - 19:22:48

Great write-up and video! Will Blackberry Connect work on the Xperia X1? If so, do you know if it will slow the system down considerably? Thanks!

Posted by Malkmus on 15.09.08 - 20:47:48

Yeah, how come no mention of the camera software? Touch focus is kind of a big deal, and this camera is supposed to be developed by SE, not HTC, so it's supposed to be better. Would be nice to see image and video quality.

Posted by sonie on 15.09.08 - 21:59:57

does it support the network feature "Alternate Line Service"/ Orange Line2?
I.e., can you switch between first and second line for outgoing calls?

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.09.08 - 22:52:27

@T. The hardware was still pre-production and I don't like it (or better some keys I don't like). However, I was told the final hardware will be better so I cannot comment until I haven't received anything final.

@Mexchen: Sorry, I had some limited time with the device only but I will try to follow-up with another video which covers the camera ASAP. And indeed, I got the device from O2 Germany but don't ask me about the decent branding (which I liked). Do you want more branding? ;-) BTW: The hardware was pre-production, so the final hardware might carry a O2 logo (but I haven't heard anything yet).

@MM: I don't expect you will see support for BlackBerry Connect. Even Nokia has given up to support BlackBerry on its devices.

@Malkmus: See @Mexchen

@sonie: Oh, I don't know if Sony Ericsson has enabled it since my SIM cards don't have this feature. But I will try to find out for you.

Posted by netboy on 16.09.08 - 00:41:34

can you tell me what version you got?
850/1900/2100 umts  OR 900/1900/2100 umts?

Posted by Ag on 16.09.08 - 02:51:00

Nice review.
But wasnt there supposed to be a dedicated button for switching from/to landscape/portrait mode?

Posted by p25o1 on 16.09.08 - 05:44:31

thanks for this review, i love the new speed improvements , got me more excited about it now.

i have a question about the x1, can you record voice call both ways on it? its something i like to have on my phone.

my other question is ,  how does the touch screen feels / response, is it like the diamond, which supports both touch and stylus.

thanks again ,,,

Posted by Arne Hess on 16.09.08 - 07:31:37

@netboy: AFAIK it was the UMTS 900/1900/2100 version.

@Ag: Yes, the lower button on the left side is supposed to switch the orientation. However, the button didn't worked with the prototype I had.

@p25o1: There's no unbuilt call application but you might find working 3rd party solutions. The screen seems to be quite comparable to the Touch Diamond screen and for sure it supports both, thumbs and stylus input.

Posted by Penguin on 16.09.08 - 10:10:03

Since you had the device have you noticed any lag in the screen rotation?

Posted by p25o1 on 16.09.08 - 13:34:01

dear Arne Hess
thanks for your response,

plz do me a favor,,,

to test the voice recording, you can make a call then, start the default windows note program, which will allow you to take voice notes, start recording the voice note, then,   complete the conversation and the call.... after that play the note and see if it got both voices (you and the other cal party)

i want o know this since HTC stopped supporting this option in most of their new phones :-(

Posted by netboy on 16.09.08 - 15:47:23

Arne Hess wrote:

AFAIK it was the UMTS 900/1900/2100 version.

AFAIK?  is that means you not sure?  haha
is that means u didnt check the phone network setting?

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