India is fast becoming the launch pad for hi-end mobile phones. Sony Ericsson launched the Xperia X1 in India a good two weeks before the US launch. WOW!
At Fonearena, we have been tracking the Xperia since Feb 2008 and covered the handset extensively. Read the coverage here.
While the specs and features of the Xperia are on Fonearena and can be viewed here, we take another look at what is touted to be SE’s most flamboyant handset.
The X1 has killer looks and an arc-slider design, with fully functional nine customisable panels, a 3-inch clear wide VGA display, a full QWERTY keyboard, 4-way key and optical joystick navigation and a 3.2 megapixel auto focus camera within a quality metal-finish body. Phew!
It is SE’s first Windows Mobile handset and has the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi support.
“The Xperia X1 is the first product under Sony Ericsson’s new premium sub-brand Xperia. Designed to meet consumers’ needs for a converged entertainment and mobile web communication experience, the Xperia X1 is an exceptionally stylish handset, enhanced by the striking arc-slider design, encased in real stainless steel, to provide quality and durability. It is supported by a powerful panel multimedia ecosystem” said Sudhin Mathur, General Manager, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.
He further added, “The XperiaX1 can be personalised through its nine panel user interface to suit the user’s moods and lifestyle. Users can access content quickly and directly through the touch screen, easily switching between applications by touching one of the unique customizable panels. The arc design gives a distinct and unique feel. With Windows Mobile, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and Wi-Fi support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Xperia is our promise to think foremost of user experience and to deliver the premium experience – anytime, anywhere, anything, with anyone.”
Sounds steep at an MRP of Rs. 44,500. But the handset will find takers amongst discerning buyers. If only the GOI gears up its act and gets our country on the fast track too!!!