Sony Ericsson’s next smart phone, the Xperia X1, is scheduled for shipment later this year and comes equipped with the latest version of Internet Explorer Mobile, which Microsoft promises will bring desktop-like Web browsing for laptops. The Xperia X1 smart phone is a slider phone with a full Qwerty keyboard and 3-inch wide touch-screen display to ship with Windows Mobile 6.1. Sony Ericsson showcased the X1 at CTIA, the first time the company has had the device on display in the United States, a company spokesman said Wednesday. The company unveiled the smart phone in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The X1 is also equipped with a four-way key and optical joystick for navigation. The phone includes a 3.2 megapixel camera, A2DP Bluetooth, aGPS, and Wi-Fi. A2DP Bluetooth is for wireless streaming of high quality audio to a headset, and aGPS is an enhanced version of GPS, a satellite-based positioning system. The X1 has only 400 MB of memory onboard. The phone, however, supports MicroSD which has capacities of up to 16GB. The X1’s dimensions are 4.3 x 0.7 x 2.1 inches
Online retailers are taking pre-orders for the phone. Pricing is expected to range from $900 to $1,000.