Oct 08 AT 11:00 AM Nick Gray 11 Comments

SONY Ericsson finally ships the XPERIA X8

SONY is finally launching the SONY Ericsson XPERIA X8, nearly four months after the handset was announced. As expected, the XPERIA X8 will ship with Android 1.6 and the same custom UI that’s on the XPERIA X10 Mini and Mini Pro. For those of you who have forgotten, the SONY Ericsson XPERIA X8 features a 600MHz processor, a 3 inch capacitive 320×480 (HVGA) display, 128 MB of memory on board, 1200mAh battery, 3.2 megapixel camera with fixed focus, 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity. 

It’s pretty obvious that SONY Ericsson isn’t aiming very high with the XPERIA X8. According to the SE Product blog, Android 2.1 should be hitting the X8 before the end of the year, but we’re not so sure we can trust that statement. Back in the summer, SE moved up their planned Android 2.1 rollout for the X10 line of phones from Q4 to Q3.  If you have not checked the date lately, we’re already 8 days into Q4 with no new updates for any of SONY Ericsson’s Android phones.

We know that development and testing takes time, but Android 2.1 has been available for over 10 months. If SONY Ericsson really wants to be one of the biggest players in the Android segments, something needs to change.

Source: SONY Ericsson Product Blog

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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    What target market is Sony Ericsson aiming for? Am I missing something? Just by looking at pictures of the thing, it looks like something that would have been mediocre a few years ago. The specs seem to line up with that…

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    Actually I think Sony will surprise us later on they just stalling with these phones…I smell pspphone maybe in november or December hopefully. .

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  • Nick Gray

    If the X8 does come to the U.S. market, lets hope that it’ll be free with a new contract. The specs are not bad, but definitely lower than phones like the HTC Aria.

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    This may be the most ugly phone I’ve ever seen. It looks as thick as a point and shoot camera.

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    What a subpar phone. Looks like someone took their cues from the Garmin/Asus fiasco of a cellphone.

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    Wow… released with a super outdated os, ugly as sin, terrible specs.. does anyone else see this going to T-mobile? lol
    Behold 2 owner

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    Why even launch this with those specs!?! Huge bezel! And it doesn’t have the mandatory four buttons on the bottom. Are we even looking at the real phone?

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    thanks for sharing .The specs are not bad, but definitely lower than phones like the HTC Aria.