Sony Ericsson X10 Mini, Pro Even Less Attractive Than Original X10

The X10 was Sony Ericsson's first Android phone and had really decent specs, yet failed to impress us. Dumbing it down and adding a "Mini" and "Mini Pro" tag doesn't sound too promising.

They're both on sale in the second quarter of 2010, and run Android 1.6, with a 2.6-inch touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera and 600MHz processors. You may be wondering what separates the Mini from the Mini Pro, considering they're both very similar sounding so far. It's just the addition of a slide-out QWERTY on the Mini Pro—and some extra colours for the Mini. Greeeeaaat.

Full release:

Today sees the announcement of Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro, compact versions of Xperia™ X10, which will deliver powerful and application packed mobile phones into the industry. By introducing mobile phones that are both compact and clever, Sony Ericsson is challenging the norm and defining a brand new offering that combines high specification features with a version of Sony Ericsson's powerful UX platform specifically designed for smaller devices.

Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro with slide out QWERTY keyboard offer an open and intuitive communication entertainment experience and build on the human curvature design philosophy debuted by the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10. Combining the Android platform with signature applications and a customisable UX platform, communication truly becomes entertainment with these new mobile phones. To enhance the experience, pick and choose from a multitude of applications at Android Market™ and co-create a mobile phone experience that is entirely unique. Users can go one step further and customise the home screen's four corners and widgets to access the most needed applications for limitless possibilities.

The two sister mobile phones incorporate the signature application Sony Ericsson Timescape™ which brings all communication together in one place so users can see at a glance text messages, missed calls, and Facebook™ and Twitter updates, without having to open lots of different applications. The interactive music player also uses the "infinite button" to pull together all music content from the music store and YouTube™ – a smart way to search for new tracks from a favourite artist.

"There has been an enormous buzz around Xperia™ X10 so it is really exciting to be already unveiling compact versions of this powerful proposition." Said Rikko Sakaguchi, EVP and Chief Creation Officer, Sony Ericsson. "With the X10 mini and X10 mini pro we have pushed the boundaries of what is possible with smaller devices and are giving consumers exactly what they want; two high performance mobile phones with a fully customisable user experience platform and a stunning ultra-compact design."

Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro >> Sony Ericsson Timescape™ - brings together all communication in one place >> Four corner control – applications, calls, web, the consumer decides. Four customisable icons for ultimate control >> 5 megapixel camera and video - share creations via the web >> Music player links to music stores and YouTube™ - access the world of music >> Android platform - with Google™ services and Android Market™ >> QWERTY keyboard - slide and text for quick and easy messaging (Xperia™ X10 mini pro only)

X10 mini and X10 mini pro supports HSPA 900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA 850/1900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

The X10 mini will be available in selected markets from Q2 in the colours Pearl White, Black, Pink, Lime, Red and Silver

The X10 mini pro will be available in selected markets from Q2 in the colours Black and Red.

Sony Ericsson is also introducing the Portable Stereo Speakers MS450, to deliver rich on-the-go sound and the Hi-Fi Headset MH810 with remote with superior audio and remote media and call handling.

Log on to The Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products

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Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro

Camera 5 megapixel camera Auto focus Geo tagging Photo and video light Sony Ericsson Album application Video recording

Music Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP) Music player PlayNow™ TrackID™

Web Bookmarks Pan and zoom WebKit web browser

Communication Sony Ericsson Timescape™ with... - Facebook™ status updates, friend's photo, inbox messages and friend requests - tweets, replies and direct messages from people you follow on Twitter™ - incoming text and picture messages - missed calls

Messaging Email Instant messaging Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® Picture messaging (MMS) Predictive text input Text messaging (SMS) Design Auto rotate Full slide out keyboard (X10 mini pro only) Picture wallpaper Touchscreen

Entertainment Infinite button Quadrapop game Sony Ericsson FM radio Video player Video streaming

Organiser Calendar Flight mode Phone book with dialer Sony Ericsson Home with widget Tasks

Location-based services A-GPS Google Maps™ Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack Bluetooth™ technology Micro USB connector NeoReader® barcode scanning app Sony Ericsson Sync USB mass storage support USB support Wi-Fi™

Google™ Services Android Market™ Gmail™ Google Maps™ with Street View Google Search Widget Google Talk™ Google Voice Search™** YouTube™ ** The Google Voice Search service is not available in all markets

Screen 16,777,216 colour TFT touchscreen 2.55 inches 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA) Scratch-resistant

Accessories In-Box: >> Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini/ Xperia™ X10 mini pro with battery >> Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer >> Stereo portable handsfree >> 2GB microSD™ memory card >> User documentation

Optional: >> Portable Stereo Speakers MS450 >> Hi-Fi Headset with Remote MH810

Facts 1)2)

Xperia™ X10 mini:

Size: 83 x 50 x 16 mm Weight: 88 grams

Phone memory: Up to 128MB

Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB Memory card included: 2GB

Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6 Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs

Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Xperia™ X10 mini pro:

Size: 90 x 52 x 17 mm Weight: 120 grams

Phone memory: Up to 128MB

Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB Memory card included: 2GB

Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6 Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs

Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Availability and versions Networks

UMTS HSPA 900/2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

Available in selected markets in Q2 2010

Colours Xperia™ X10 mini: Black Pearl White Lime Pink Red Silver

Xperia™ X10 mini pro: Black Red

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