While the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 has set its sight on the high end of the market, the X10 Mini is definitely the phone for teens and those looking to jump onto the Android platforms for a much cheaper price. Fortunately for Sony Ericsson, the two phones leave a huge gap right in the middle for them to launch a mid-range handset. The rumored Sony Ericsson “Shakira” has now been named as the XPERIA X8 and should offer be a decent Android phone within Sony Ericsson’s lineup.
Sony Ericsson still has not released any information about the XPERIA X8’s features or specs, but it appears it will feature a slightly larger screen than the X10 Mini’s 2.5 inch display. Just like the other three XPERIA phones, the X8 will most likely be running Android 1.6 at launch with the same UXP UI.
Sony Ericsson has a real chance to wow the world of Android with the X10, but delays forced the company to postpone the handset launch by nearly three months. It looks like they may finally be on the right track, but the fact that the XPERIA line isn’t due for an Android firmware update until Q4 of 2010 could translate into slow sales to current Android users.
How many of you would trade in your aging Android phone for an X8 that runs Android 1.6?
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