Vodafone Taking Pre-orders For Sony Ericsson X10 Smartphone

The Sony Ericsson X10 will be available from the 6th of April according to Vodafone which issued a press statement on the matter yesterday; in the meantime, those looking to buy the Android smartphone can already do so and expect a delivery next week.

The handset - formerly known as Rachel - can be obtained on a whopping 87 plans according to Vodafone's shop page (ed : that might be a glitch). Vodafone though is looking to push ahead with exclusive online deals which will reduce strain on its high street stores.

The X10 will be available for free on £35 per month tariffs with 900 minutes, unlimited texts and landline calls as well as 500MB of mobile internet and webmail. An additional £5 adds 300 extra minutes; note that both deals are online only.

The phone comes with an old version of Android (v1.6 rather than v2.1) and is preloaded with Vodafone's 360 Apps for MyWeb and Vodafone Music. It has a 4-inch touchscreen and the highest screen resolution we've seen on an Android smartphone to date.

Sony has also thrown in an 8-megapixel camera, the highest pixel count we've seen on an Android, WiFI, HSDPA, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the timescape/mediascape features complete with a custom made user interface.

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Other mobile phone network have also announced that they will be selling the X10 in April. Next month - which marks the beginning of Q2 - will be one of the busiest in the mobile sector that we've seen in a number of years.

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