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Sony Ericsson X8 Smartphone : Too Little, Too Late

The Sony Ericsson X8 is the company's latest attempt to deliver a popular yet affordable Android-based handset that can compete with the likes of HTC or ZTE.

The phone, which is currently available exclusively from O2 on pay monthly, can be purchased for £129 from Very.

It does feel however that the X8 is too little too late, especially when compared to other competitors; it was announced back in June 2010 and was rumoured to cost around £340.

The diminutive smartphone has a small 3-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display and weighs only 104g. Unfortunately, as the other Xperia handsets, it comes with Android OS 1.6 (Donut) and lacks multitouch capabilities.

Furthermore, the X8's camera is a 3.2-megapixel model without flash and some will say that its proprietary user interface, Timescape, is too resource hungry especially for a phone with only 168MB RAM.

But there's worse; the competition is heating up especially at this price range; the X10 Mini costs less than the X8 on pay monthly while the Orange San Francisco crushes the phone with its 800x480 screen resolution, three times more memory while costing 25 per cent less.