Price Of Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Android Smartphone Drops To £89.95

If you happen to be looking for a decent Android-based smartphone on Pay As You Go with a small form factor but don't want to spend more than £100, there are only a limited number of handsets to choose from.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini might be one that fits the bill; Carphone Warehouse has cut the price of the handset as part of its 10-day "dealathon" to only £79.95 plus a compulsory £10 top up.

At only 88g, it is one of the lightest Android handsets on the market and is a marked improvement on the Xperia X8. It comes with a 2.55-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen with a Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset clocked at 600MHz, 128MB RAM, support for up to 16GB microSD, a five megapixel rear camera with flash and Geo-tagging as well as an FM Radio.

The original phone which was launched last year ran on Android 1.6 Donut and has since been upgraded to Android 2.1 Eclair, which brings HD video recording, improvements to Timescape and Mediascape and much more.

The other potential rivals to the X10 Mini for less than £100 might include the LG Optimus Me (at £80), the Samsung Galaxy Apollo (£95), the Orange San Francisco (£99) or the Vodafone VF858 smart (£75).