Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Preview

Introduction and Design
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA without 3G.
American versionsupports AT&T's 3G network.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Release Date - Q2 2010

Introduction and Design:

As of now, the market isn’t really chock-full of compact Android phones. When you look at the existing lineup, you see the rather large products like the 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 theXperia 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.

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

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.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini 360 Degrees View:

Interface and Functionality:

You probably remember that Sony Ericsson has created a personalized Android interface, called UX, which we examined in our preview of the Xperia X10. Well, it is also used in the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, but has been changed in order to be easy to use on the 2.55-inch screen.

The idea of the UX interface is to deliver better user experience by tweaking Android’s appearance and adding integration with social and other online services through the Timescape and Mediascape applications. Mediascape is missing on the X10 mini, but Timescape is still here, although with somewhat limited functionality. What it does is to show you an aggregated view of the latest Facebook and Twitter updates, along with your messages and missed calls (its most frequent automatic refresh period is 15 minutes). You can, of course, filter the content so that you see only tweets, for example.

Because of the small display, each page of the home screen can have only one widget. That’s not such a pain actually, because there are 5 widgets in total. And why would you need more of these anyway? Timescape is available as a widget, so the latest social correspondence is just a tap away. In addition, you have four shortcuts to apps in the four corners of the home screen, which can be customized.

From Timescape, you can link online profiles to your contacts, which will then allow you to see status updates in the phonebook – a feature we are beginning to see more and more frequently.

The camera interface is nicely personalized, but it sports almost no options, although the camera is 5MP. You can toggle the flash on and off, choose from different shooting modes, jump to the gallery … and that’s about it. Video can be recorded in 640x480 pixels resolution at 30 frames per second, so it is smooth enough. We’ll not draw a conclusion here about the quality of the samples we took, we’ll just say there’s potential in the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini’s camera.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini has a loudspeaker that manages to produce some very decent sound. One of the really, really better ones we have heard. It is not very loud, but the sound is deeper than what the typical phone loudspeaker produces, with no sharp and crackling noises, so we are totally in for it.

As the rest of the Xperia X10 mini’s software, the browser works very smooth. Of course, the low QVGA resolution and the small display are not the perfect tools for surfing the web, but at least loading pages, scrolling and zooming gets done real quick. You can rely on both 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s) and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g. Unfortunately, at least on our prototype, there is no double tap zooming in the browser and no one-touch zooming as in the gallery (similar to the one in Samsung’s newer TouchWiz handsets, but better), so you’ll have to use the zoom buttons and the page overview option, which works fine.


You may have felt it already that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini left us with some very positive impressions. It is cute, fast and functional. Speaking of functionality, you may want to know that due to the QVGA resolution, there are fewer apps for the X10 mini in Android Market, when compared to HVGA devices for example, but we are happy to see that the catalog has grown significantly since we reviewed the HTC Tattoo. Moreover, the X10 mini supports OpenGL ES 1.1 content (unlike the Tattoo), so we believe it will get more than decent app support.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and mini pro are expected in the second quarter of the year, at a still unannounced price. This brings us to the question that if these babies get priced correctly (and Sony Ericsson doesn’t screw up in some way), we will have no other choice but declare them one of the coolest Androids out there.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Video Preview:

Recommended Stories

Loading Comments...
FCC OKs Cingular\'s purchase of AT&T Wireless