Mar 31 AT 4:21 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Confirmed: No multitouch for Xperia X10

Yesterday we ran a story which claimed the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 would never support multitouch because of a hardware limitation. The source of the information was a comment left on the official Sony Ericsson Product Blog, but we still had a hard time believing the news. How could a company leave out multitouch support from their high-end Android phone?

We contacted Sony Ericsson to clarify the issue and received the following response.

“It is correct that the X10 will not support multi-touch. However with the X10’s signature applications, the X10 offers an excellent user experience.”Sony Ericsson spokesperson

Although brief, I guess that settles the issue. The X10 will not support multitouch (ever).

Also still in question – will a United States carrier actually launch this phone? We still don’t know the answer, but I think the chances just got a little slimmer.

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  • http://Website coggy9

    And this is why we need to root the X10. I think someone said the G1 couldn’t do MT was due to a hardware limitation too….and look what we have with root. ;)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      The G1 did not do multitouch because Google did not implement the multitouch APIs till Android 2.0. This is different because it is a limitation of the actual hardware used in the device.

      Who knows, maybe someone will figure out a hack.

  • Andrew

    Is anyone even excited about the X10?

  • EEC Group

    I say – poor SE. They could have it all, be real leaders – instead they are after HTC

  • http://Website AndroidNewb

    I agree, I would have bought this phone 3-4 months ago, but not now. And not because of multi-touch, I could really care less about that, but the fact that this phone has been “in the news” for so long that I’m over it. If it takes them this long to release the friggin’ phone, I can’t imagine what updates will be like? From what I’ve heard it will have a top-tier price but ships with 1.6, I would rather put my money down on the Nexus One, Droid, EVO or whatever that at least has 2.XX running. Buying a Devour or Eris or something with a 1.6 or 1.5 OS I can deal with because they are cheap, but if I’m paying for “top of the line” get it together, get it out and keep it updated!

  • http://Website Alex

    Am agree with AndroidNewb, I was sooo excited about the X10 when I heard the news saw the pictures and videos, but I was expecting the reviews. Is not only this multi-touch thing, is also for me, that it doesnt rotate like the Iphone or my current Omnia i900 not even in the messaging option. I was so charmed with this, not the magic is fading.

  • http://Website JAG

    jajajaja I dont get it, almost a thousand dollar phone with now multitouch.

    poor SE, this device is not going to be their salvation

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  • http://Website rz

    I was really excited about this phone, been holding out for a nice Snapdragon-based device but when I learned it was incapable of multitouch of all things, sure it’s not exactly a CRUCIAL feature (personally I see it as more of a “gee-whiz neato” kind of thing, sory of like live wallpapers, but nevertheless it’s come to be expected these days on a high-end phone, and it can be convenient. To pack an 8 MP camera, a 1ghz processor and a gorgeous screen in this thing and then neglect multitouch was just pure stupidity in my opinion. I’m still seriously considering it though since it’s coming to Canada next week, and there’s a pretty good preorder deal on right now.. Hopefully it will be a simple matter to root it and install 2.x before Sony / Rogers get around to the official update.

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  • http://Website Conrad

    what you need, hardwarewise, for MT is a capacitive touchscreen – but I’m seeing conflicting specs around the webs about whether the X10 features a CAPACITIVE or RESISTIVE touchscreen??

    the Sony-Ericsson website itself DOESN’T SAY!

    does anyone have ACTUAL GENUINE SPECS that can confirm or deny that this phone features a CAPACITIVE touchscreen?

    if it does, then no such hardware limitation exists

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  • http://Website Cap

    Sporting an expansive, 4″ multi-touch screen, the X10 showcases your movies and photos in awe-inspiring fashion. Every pixel is crisp, with saturated colors and details that come alive in the palm of your hand. And with the added real estate, you’ll spend more time enjoying and less time scrolling.

    See for yourself:


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