AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) will launch Sony Ericsson's flagship Android-based smartphone, the Xperia X10, sometime this summer, according to the blog Engadget.
The blog, which cited an unnamed source, said the smartphone--Sony Ericsson's first running on Google's Android platform--will launch at the end of July or the beginning of August. If true, the carrier partnership would represent a major win for the handset maker, which has struggled to get its high-end phones subsidized by U.S. carriers.
A Sony Ericsson spokeswoman declined to comment, and an AT&T spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sony Ericsson, which posted its first profit since 2008 last week, is banking on its new range of Android-powered phones to push it back into prominence in the handset market. In addition to the Xperia X10, the company recently released two smaller versions of the gadget--one with a keyboard and one without.
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 Xperia X10 runs a 1 GHz Qualcomm 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.
Despite its many high-end features, the phone runs on an older version of Android, 1.6.
While notable for Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X10 if released will face a range of Android-based competition in the U.S. market. Indeed, Verizon Wireless recently unveiled the HTC Droid Incredible, while Sprint Nextel is prepping its WiMAX-capable, HTC-built Evo.
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