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Sony Xperia X10 Android Smartphone To Launch In February 2010

Sony has put up a pre-registration page for its forthcoming Android smartphone, the Xperia X10, which it says will be available for sale from the 10th of February 2010.

The device, which will be the first Sony Ericsson smartphone to be powered by an Android platform, has popped up on the official SE-Store. The X10, formerly known as Rachael, comes with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processsor, 1GB of Internal memory, a "rich user interface" and a 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a 16x zoom.

Possibly, the most attractive feature of the phone is its 4-inch LCD display that can show up to 854x480 pixels, that's more than twice what the iPhone can display and is even more than the pixel count of early netbooks. There's a 8GB microSD card bundled and Android Donut 1.6 - no 2.0 version.

Sony Ericssion has posted a sample video and sample pictures taken with the X10 here (opens in new tab). The photos were taken in Stockholm and are a testament of the excellent work that the camera can achieve under different lighting conditions nearly four months from launch.

Our Comments

The only smartphones that can compete with the X10 when it comes to features are the HTC HD2 and the Acer Liquid but both lack the stunning SE Camera. The TG01 comes with Windows Mobile with no Android version in the pipeline, at least for now.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.