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Sony Ericsson Reveals Xperia X8 Android Smartphone

Sony Ericsson has announced a cut down version of its X10 flagship smartphone, which is unsurprisingly named the Xperia X8. What is baffling however is the fact that the mobile phone manufacturer has decided to stick to the archaic/obsolete Android OS 1.6 for unknown reasons.

The X8 is not a bad phone, far from that. it comes with a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen (can show 480x320 pixels), a 600MHz processor, FM radio, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Sony Ericsson went as far as throwing in working demoes of the Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation SatNav and the Neoraeder barcode scanner.

But the fact that Donut v1.6, rather than Froyo v2.2, was chosen couple with the lack of flash for the camera, makes it a poor choice especially compared to the rest of the competition out there.

The X8 comes with a 2GB microSD card bundled and will go on sale in the third quarter of 2010 which starts at the end of the month (already). Sony Ericsson says that it will come in white, dark blue, aqua blue, pink and silver but surprise, surprise! No black.

Even amongst Sony Ericsson Android range, the X8 will be sandwidched between the X10 and the X10 mini. Unfortunately for the X8, the X10 itself is currently available for quite cheap, as little as £23.33 per month.

Désiré Athow

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 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.