AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) finally broke the suspense by announcing the launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the OEM's flagship Android device, for later this month.
After months of rumors that such a launch was coming, AT&T said it will release the Xperia X10 Aug. 15 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. The announcement, while expected, is still a major win for Sony Ericsson, which has struggled to get U.S. carriers to support its high-profile devices. AT&T also may soon launch the Symbian S60-powered Vivaz from Sony Ericsson; a website for an AT&T-friendly version of the device appeared last week before being pulled down.
The Xperia X10 was first unveiled in November, and Sony Ericsson has been promoting the device in overseas markets for months. The phone's UX user interface features two signature applications: Timescape and Mediascape. Timescape allows users to browse all of their communications with a contact--via photos, emails, texts, Facebook and Twitter--in one view. Mediscape allows users to manage various types of content from various sources.
The X10 runs a 1 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, has an 8.1-megapixel camera, a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, 3.5 mm headset jack and comes with an 8 GB microSD card. Importantly, the X10 runs on the older Android 1.6 operating system, but is expected to be upgraded to 2.1 sometime in the third quarter.
It's unclear how much promotion the X10 will get from AT&T; the carrier just announced its support for Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) new BlackBerry, the Torch, and, according to Forbes, AT&T views the Torch as its most significant non-iPhone launch this year.
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