Sony Ericsson Xperia


You might have noticed the who is johnny X ads here on CH promoting the European launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia. In addition to a brilliant screen, handy form-factor and sleek design the Xperia offers users a variety of downloadable home screens. These panels, as they're called, are like interactive desktops and allow immediate access to content and functionality.

Sony Ericsson offers an SDK so that anyone can develop a panel. For Cool Hunting we wanted to give our readers easy access to our latest articles and the ability to search the archives. When the phone is vertical you can see headlines and when it's horizontal you can see thumbnails. If you have an Xperia, download our panel here.

The company that once designed the Treo for Palm (and countless other amazing white-label devices) is apparently back in the ODM game. That's right, if you were wondering how the hell Sony Ericsson pulled the XPERIA X1 rabbit out of its hat, look no further than HTC. While we don't think they did any of the special software, we heard it through the grapevine that the X1 is all HTC-built, which kind of explains a lot if you ask us.

In a recent promotional email, retailer Expansys said that the phone’s “release date is set for week 41 (Oct 6-12)”. Expansys also said the "arc slider" handste will cost £590 ($1100/€740), SIM-free.

The launch date is still open to some interpretation, though. An Expansys spokesman told Register Hardware that although it’s received “a couple of demo units through from Sony Ericsson”, he still didn’t have a confirmed release date - despite the email.

On the plus side, the spokesman added that the arrival of demo units is a sure sign that the handset will be available to customers in the near future.

Sony Ericsson 'XPERIA X1'

Sony-Ericsson Xperia Video

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Panels in action at CTIA 2008


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