Sony Ericsson seems to be convinced that Android might just be what it needs to make its comeback; rumours have emerged that the manufacturer will release its first Android phone, the Xperia X3, in January 2010.
According to Mobile Crunch, the date is tentative and could come shortly after the launch of the X2 which is based, like the Xperia X1, on Windows mobile. The phone first appeared on our radar back in July under the codename Rachael.
Like Motorola, Sony Ericsson has suffered a few torrid months lately and needs a solution to its rapidly shrinking marketshare, something that Android could well alleviate.
The X3 will come with a Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset running at 1GHz, a 4-inch touchscreen (capacitive we've heard), with a resolution of 800x400 pixels and a 8-megapixel camera complete with Autofocus, Flash and a 8x digital zoom.
Prospective consumers can also expect Bluetooth, WiFi and VGA recording plus a microSD card reader (and hopefully a 3.5-mm headphone socket). All in all, it looks like it will be another ARM-based computer-in-a-phone solution like the TG01.
Some websites though like Unwired reckon that it doesn't really make sense since the release date is too close for to the X2, it comes after the holiday seasons (traditionally the most profitable period) and too early for the Mobile World Congress in February.
Rachael will be based on Android rather than Windows mobile. This alone should give it the edge. It is also likely to come with the upgraded version of Google's mobile platform and other than the weird 2:1 screen ratio, there's nothing much that goes against it.