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Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 "Rachel" Smartphone To Launch On November 3rd

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a new teaser page that promises to reveal a new product on the 3rd of November and all hints indicate that it will be the Xperia X3, otherwise known as Rachael or the X10.

Peeping through the page's source code, we managed to get hold of the link ID "cid=son_rachael_global_20091026" which all but confirms that the smartphone will indeed be the successor to the yet-to-be-launched Xperia X2 smartphone and will be launched at an Infinity event.

The event has already been confirmed by a Twitter status update posted by Sony Ericsson South Africa (interestingly, no updates from Sony Ericsson UK).

Details of the phone were first released back in early July 2009 and it will come with a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 8.1-megapixel camera, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, GPS, WiFi, a 3.5-mm headphone jack and powered by Google Android "Eclair" 2.0.

The phone is also likely to feature dedicated 3D technology that could make it faster than the original Microsoft Xbox gaming console and will also come with microSD rather than Memory Stick. Back in September, rumours purported for a launch date after the new year given the fac that the X2 is not even on the market.

However, the X2 is based on the Windows Mobile platform and sports a less impressive hardware specifications compared to the X3. It is therefore likely that both mobile phones could possibly be launched at the same time and focus on different audiences.

Our Comments

The X3 looks set to be a fantastic phone once it is available and launched. Rachael is going to face some tough competition not only from the iPhone but also from the HTC HD2, the Toshiba TG01 (assuming there's a Windows Mobile version launched), the Motorola Droid and a host of other mobile phones that will be launched over the next few months

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