Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Preview
The American version supports AT&T's 3G network.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Release Date - Q2 2010
Introduction and Design:
Motorola DROID (MILESTONE) and the Google Nexus One and some that are considerably smaller like the HTC DROID ERIS in the States and the Hero in Europe. Maybe it was this market gap that Sony Ericsson has noticed when coming up with the idea of the Xperia X10 mini we first saw at this year’s MWC. Actually, the manufacturer has literally taken the term “compact” to a whole new level (that is, in terms of Android handsets) with this phone. (Yeah, we said we want compact, but this here’s something else!)
As the name implies, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini is a shrunken down version of the Xperia X10. In contrast to what Nokia did with the N97 mini however, Sony Ericsson has gone to extremes here, and the X10 mini is now one of the tiniest handsets of all times. It has kept the “human curvature” design with soft-touch coating on the back, which makes it pleasant to hold.
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You may find the screen surprisingly small – only 2.55 inches with QVGA resolution. The image quality is nice and since the touch technology is capacitive, using the display is a fun experience. In the software part we’ll see how the manufacturer has transformed the user interface so it is easy to use on a screen that small.
All the keys on our prototype unit felt nice, with distinct enough click. All but the lock button, which lacked almost any travel, but we hope this is a flaw of our unit only. On the back you have a 5MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash, as well as the loudspeaker.
The connectors you’ll find on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini are standard microUSB and 3.5mm.
So, as a whole the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini is a very sweet smartphone. Although it isn’t introduced as a fashionable device, it does have its own appeal that attracts the user. And it’s incredibly small, to the point where it becomes just slightly inconvenient in bigger male hands. But we do not consider it being a lady phone. Besides, the Xperia X10 mini pro (the QWERTY variant of the X10 mini) will add the needed size, as it will be a bit higher (and just a millimeter thicker). So, yes, we quite like X10 mini’s design, and no, we are not pansies.