Did you know? Sony's first Xperia smartphones didn't run Android
posted by Florin T. / Feb 29, 2016, 5:26 PM
The very first Xperia smartphone was announced and released way back in 2008, when Sony was still in a joint venture with Ericsson - thus, the handset was called Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. The X1 ran Windows Mobile Professional 6.1, being a high-end device that competed with smartphones like the HTC Touch Pro, Apple iPhone 3G, BlackBerry Bold, or Nokia's Symbian flagships. Interestingly, the world's first Android smartphone - T-Mobile G1 - was launched one month after the Xperia X1.
The X1 had a 3-inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels - at the time, this screen offered the highest pixel per inch density of any smartphone: 311 ppi. Another notable feature of the handset was its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The X1 was actually manufactured by HTC for Sony Ericsson (back in the day, HTC used to manufacture phones sold under various brands other than its own). If you're overwhelmed by nostalgia, feel free to check out our Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 review!
After the Xperia X1, in September 2009, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia X2, which hit the market in January 2010 running Windows Mobile Professional 6.5. The Xperia X2 kept the same form factor of the X1, obviously including a full QWERTY keyboard, though its screen was slightly larger, measuring 3.2 inches (and yet the pixel resolution remained unchanged at 480 x 800). The X2 wasn't received as well as its predecessor, being the last Windows-based Xperia. For a closer look at the device, check out our Xperia X2 review.
The following Xperia model was the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - a 4-inch handset that hit the market in March 2010 with Android 1.6 Donut on board. And, yes, this was the first Android-based Xperia. After that, the floodgates of Android handsets opened, and Sony Ericsson (later just Sony) released devices like the Xperia X10 mini, Xperia Arc, Xperia S, and the Xperia Z series.
Earlier this month, Sony announced the Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance, all part of a brand new X series running Android Marshmallow and replacing the Z series. In a way - since the company launched plenty of other Xperia X handsets years ago - the new Xperia X family represents both a new beginning, and a back-to-the-roots move for Sony (with the major difference that, this time, there's no trace of Windows around).
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I had the X1. It was a horrible WinMo phone.
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 5:33 PM 1
Yeah, the brushed aluminium back scratched badly for me and it was unusable without a stylus.
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 5:52 PM 1
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There was a methoding of tweaking the sensitivity of the screen so it worked better with finger based touch input. I ended up running Android on my Xperia X1i for a while and then Windows Mobile 6.5 which was too heavy for the hardware.
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 7:12 PM 1
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this was surprisingly interesting
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 5:35 PM 3
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and very wrong Are we forgetting all the symbian based devices that SonyEricsson produced? P series phones (P800, P900, P910, etc) Back when i was going through winmo phones, P series was on my short list due to the funky keyboard setup
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 9:54 PM 0
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I associate Ericsson with dark times for Sony, it wasn't until they got separated that I got interested in Sony's phones, except maybe for the Xperia Play.
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 6:12 PM 2
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Before touch interfaces became the standard the Sony Ericsson phones were very good, by far my favorite. Design wise the first Android Xperias werent that great, the Xperia Z was a beautiful phone, just a tad fragile. The Z1 was held back by the TFT LCD screen which was crappy in sunlight and a powerhog, but the aluminium frame was a great improvement. But any following Xperia Z models were too minor an improvement to consider buying. And the delayed release for the Xperia X Performance will hurt sales.
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 7:23 PM 0
BLECH! Who cares about these ancient devices.
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 7:26 PM 0
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The x1 was my favourite phone. It was leagues above the competition in the built quality department. It costed around 800€ but it was worth it. It was a premium phone and came with a special card that if something happened to your phone(not working) and you weren't in your own country they would come and change the phone in 24 hrs. Also wp6.1 had so much capabilities to tweek the phone and make it the way you wanted.
posted on Feb 29, 2016, 9:57 PM 3
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Did you know almost all phones ran Symbian!
posted on Mar 01, 2016, 3:03 AM 0
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