Chicago (IL) - We have been already counting our pennies to get our hands on one of the first Xperia X1 phones, which may be the only true iPhone challenger out there this year. However, instead of the anticipated early H2 launch, we were now told that the phone will not be introduced until later this year.
Ulf Wretling, general manager and head of the developer program and communications and SonyEricsson today confirmed the launch time frame that was stated earlier this month during the company’s Capital Markets Day event (PDF presentation) in Stockholm, Sweden. According to Wretling, the X1 will launch sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.
Pricing remains a mystery at this point, but we are certain that our initial thought that this phone could launch for about $200 (with a service contract) may have been optimistic. While Wretling declined to comment on possible pricing, it is clear that the X1 will be positioned as a high-end device, so expect to be paying a premium price. The X1 undoubtedly will be compared to the 3G iPhone in terms of features and pricing and we still believe that the X1 should not cost more than $399 or $499.
In terms of features, the SonyEricsson phone, however, may have an edge - at least when compared to the current iPhone. The X1 has a 3.2 megapixel camera versus the 2 megapixel camera in the iPhone and the 3" display has a much higher resolution than the Apple screen - 800 x 480 pixels. The iPhone offers only 480 x 320 pixels. The X1 also uses A-GPS or "Assisted-GPS", which uses an assistance server as well as a cellphone network to determine a location using GPS. Like Apple’s phone, the X1 is wrapped in a metal casing and it supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
According to the initial spec sheet, the X1 will offer its users 400 MB of storage space - which compares to 8 GB or 16 GB in the iPhone. X1 users who want to upgrade the storage capacity will have to buy an SD micro card.
In terms of size, the X1 is slightly thicker than the iPhone, which is due to the fact that the X1 actually is a slider phone and allows users to pull out a QWERTY keyboard from under the screen. Compared to the 4.5" x 2.4" x 0.5" size of the iPhone, the X1 measures 4.3" x 2.1" x 0.7". The X1 weighs 145 grams (5.1 ounces), about 10 grams more than the iPhone (135 grams, 4.8 ounces).