'X' Marks a New Smartphone's Arrival

Sony Ericsson calls it a "converged" enterprise-friendly device. Will it be that and more?
Posted February 19, 2008

Judy Mottl

Sony Ericsson is jumping full-bore into the smartphone industry, and landing its entry, the XPERIA X1, among a very crowded playing field.

That's no mean feat when the competition already includes Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry and the Palm Treo family.

Scheduled for market sometime after this June, the XPERIA is a "converged" device that exceeds today's smartphone capabilities, Jon Mulder, product marketing manager, North America, told InternetNews.com.

"We bring both the enterprise support capabilities and the consumer functionalities together, which is the best of both worlds and we're doing it all well."

It also looks like the iPhone.

The in-development product is the vendor's second product that offers "converged" capabilities. The P1 series, launched last June in the European market, is a Symbian-based device that Sony Ericsson said has sold "extremely well." The vendor declined to provide sales or user figures for the P1 series in play.

The North American sibling to that phone will run the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS with a little interface tweak. Mulder said one of the device's best features is a "panel" GUI layered over the OS, which provides users the ability to build nine mini desktops on the touch control display.

In addition to the usual smartphone features such as e-mail, messaging (picture and text) and basic application integration, the X1 provides a 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth stereo, video streaming and FM radio features.

Some models will sport document editors. reader applications, and handwriting recognition capabilities.

"We're adding incremental value at every point we can to provide a unique experience. The panel interface is just one example. We realize, as a brand, we have to differentiate ourselves in this market and need to bring an enhanced product to market," he added.

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