It was back in February 2008 that the XPERIA lineup was born and it took Sony Ericsson almost two years to bring about the XPERIA X1 successor. The long waiting is over now and the XPERIA X2 is keen to prove to us all it was worth it.
Both devices obviously have lots of features in common (it's the same amount of memory - both RAM and ROM, and the same CPU) but there are - possibly - enough improvements to make the XPERIA X2 a strong successor and a valuable upgrade. And by telling you that, we don't only mean the more recent version of WinMo. 6.5 was never officially compatible with the original.
Anyway, the upgraded imaging is the greatest asset of the XPERIA X2 hardware and we're about to see how much it works in its favor.
Before we kick off though, a bit of family tree stuff. The XPERIA X2 is only the second PocketPC in the series after the X1. The X10 runs Android and so does the rumored Robyn, while the Pureness isn't even a smartphone. The XPERIA lineup comes in different shapes and sizes but it all started with Windows Mobile. The X2 is perfectly aware of that and comes to offer some all-round PocketPC skills and the aggressive styling of its forerunner.
Quad-band GSM support
Tri-band 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps
Four-row slide-and-tilt QWERTY keyboard
Landscape and portrait virtual QWERTY keyboards
3.2" 65K-color TFT LCD resistive touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional
XPERIA panels user interface
Qualcomm MSM 7200 528 MHz CPU, 256 MB of RAM memory
8.1 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
WVGA video recording at 30fps
Support for DivX/XviD files out of the box
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support
Bluetooth and USB (standard microUSB connector) v2.0
3.5mm standard audio jack
Flash video support
TV out port, TV out cable supplied in the retail box
Display still on the small side, inadequate touch sensitivity and sunlight legibility
Almost no screen auto-rotation throughout the UI
Disappointing video recording
Basic music player
No FM radio (should be enabled with upcoming firmware update)
No video calling (should be enabled with upcoming firmware update)
As we said in the preview a few months back, there aren't many groundbreaking features to see, but the XPERIA X2 is definitely worth a look to check what it can actually do.
Well, if you're looking for Snapdragon speed, you won't find it here. There's no capacitive touchscreen either. And the X2 also skips an FM radio and its camera has no Xenon flash. But you get all the business benefits you would expect in a phone in this class, with some nice media too.
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