Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 Preview
Introduction and Design:
It took the manufacturer less than a year since the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 to announce its successor, the XPERIA X2. It´s the first Windows phone of the company, meaning it runs Windows Mobile 6.5. The panel interface we know from the X1 haunts us again, but it has been revamped and the manufacturer´s personalization pack seems to have taken over the standard Windows interface deeper. The XPERIA X2 sports 8-megapixel camera with touch focus, larger display, new keyboard and navigational keys design, plus a microUSB port. We´ve got a prototype intended for Vodafone, but it´s functional, so we will show you what to expect from the first Windows phone of Sony Ericsson.
The design of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 features small changes and the manufacturer has staked on retaining the characteristic style of the X1 and its high build quality. You will almost immediately notice the lack of the prismatic navigational keys on its face side - they are now flat and smooth and the D-Pad has been transformed into an optical pad. The size of the phone display has grown 0.2 inches and now measures the healthy 3.2”. It utilizes resistive technology again and its native resolution and supported colors remain the same, 480x800 pixels and 65k colors respectively.
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Opening the QWERTY keyboard of the XPERIA X2 produces an arch just like with the X1. The buttons are arranged in four rows, but feature a new overall design. They are packed closer to each other and there is less room in between. You will see several new navigational buttons as well. We decided to give the keyboard a go and typed away for a while. We must say we are thrilled and definitely pleased at the QWERTY keyboard of the XPERIA X2. We just hope the manufacturer doesn’t make any changes that would have a negative impact with this regard.
There are new things to see on both sides of the phone as well. The miniUSB on the left hand side has been replaced with microUSB port and the button that locks the back panel is next to it. The volume rocker and camera shutter are on the opposite side where they are on the X1 as well, while power on button, along with the 3.5mm jack, is on the top. There are cool LED indicators on the top and bottom sides of the phone that flash in different colors depending on the missed event (calls, messages or meeting) and battery status. The loudspeakers have been moved to the back, next to the 8-megapixel camera that now comes with Photo flash. There are some design changes here as well – the back side has curvy ends, while the panel itself is recessed and we did wonder why (aside from looking pretty cool). When we got down to typing on the QWERTY, we finally found the answer, the phone feels extremely handy. Now, let´s get to the interface.