Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Introduction.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a high-end smartphone designed by Sony Ericsson in the Xperia series. It is the first Sony Ericsson smartphone to run the Android operating system. The phone runs Android 1.6, and an upgrade to Android 2.1 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The phone features an 8.1 MP camera and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. The screen supports NTSC DVD wide-screen resolution. It allows users access to "apps" available in the Android Market. Connection speeds up to HSDPA (3G+) are possible with the handset. The UX platform gives Xperia X10 one application to lift together all the users different communications, Timescape, and one to lift together all the users media, Mediascape.
Sony Ericsson has made its own custom overlay on top of the Android system called UX, short for User eXperience, which consists of design elements, themes and custom applications. The main applications are Sony Ericsson Timescape and Sony Ericsson Mediascape. Timescape is a program that lifts together Facebook, Twitter, SMS and mail into a flowing column on the home screen. Mediascape is a player and library application for media files that also connects to Facebook and Picasa accounts online and to the phone's contacts list. This makes it possible to attach photos you have taken with the camera to your contacts or send them to your Facebook account. The phone contains all normal smartbook applications and some stand out ones: Wisepilot (navigation software), Google Maps, YouTube, Sony's PlayNow and TrackID (to identify a song by recording a small part of it).
The Xperia X10 is referred to as a quad-band telephone as it covers all four GSM frequency bands, but it is also a dual mode telephone as it also covers three or four UMTS frequency bands too, depending on the market. The Xperia X10 is sold worldwide and therefore has both common frequency band layouts;[ these variants of the phone are internally called the Xperia X10a and the Xperia X10i by Sony Ericsson. The Xperia X10a sells in South America; the Xperia X10i sells in Asia, Europe and Oceania; both variants are sold in North America and Australia. The Xperia X10a is used by AT&T in the USA; Telstra in Australia; Rogers Wireless, and Bell and in Canada. The Xperia X10i on the other hand, is used by T-Mobile in the USA; Wind Mobile and Mobilicity in Canada; Optus and VHA (under both the Vodafone and 3 brands) in Australia. In Japan the telephone is called the SO-01B and sold by operator NTT Docomo, using the Xperia X10a configuration.
The Xperia X10i uses GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSPA 900/1700/2100. The Xperia X10a uses GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSPA 800/850/1900/2100.
Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson reported a third consecutive net profit of 49 million Euros ($70 million) in the third quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of 164 million Euros, mainly thanks to success with its smartphones as well as new product launches and cost cuts