The first Android phone from Sony Ericsson will hit Australia later this month on Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Three telecom operators with contract and outright sale options. Xpedia X10, will be offered through all four Australian carriers – the first Android smartphone to do so.
The X10 would arrive “towards the end of this month, and we expect all the carriers will launch it around the same time” Tim Barnes, Head of Marketing for Sony Ericsson’s Oceania region told APC. “However, they have slightly different test processes so that could change how quickly things get to market”.
The models carried by Optus and Vodafone will support both the 2100MHz and 900MHz 3G bands, while Telstra and Three will get an X10 built for 2100MHz and 850MHz (Next G).
The X10 is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor but still sports Android 1.6, atop which Sony Ericsson has loaded its Timescape and Mediascape applications for social networking and multimedia.
X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro – which pack the same Android goodness into a pocket-sized handset with a 2.5 inch screen, compared to the X10’s 4 inch panel – will follow in the first half of the year.