We had been speculating that Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone (the Xperia X10) would go to AT&T or T-Mobile and it looks like we were wrong.
So which carrier was lucky enough to land an exclusive deal for the device? Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless announced today that they will be the exclusive North American partner to launch the Xperia X10 sometime in Q2 2010.
At Rogers, we have built our legacy on innovation, bringing the most exciting and exclusive handsets first to customers in Canada…We are thrilled to be the exclusive Canadian carrier to offer this phenomenal mobile entertainment device.John BoyntonEVP Marketing, Rogers Communications
No price point was announced, but we expect the device to be expensive.
It is also ironic to note that upset Rogers customers will finally be able to purchase a phone with Android 1.6. They had been demanding that Rogers update their existing Android lineup from Android 1.5 to 1.6, but have been unable to get a commitment from the carrier.
The Xperia X10 is scheduled to launch with Android 1.6 and Sony Ericsson has stated that the device will eventually be upgraded to Android 2.x. Hopefully, Rogers has learned from their mistakes and will be able to deliver this update in a timely manner.
Sony Ericsson will be showing off the Xperia X10 during CES, so check back later this week for a full hands-on report.