Sony Ericsson launches Android, Symbian touchscreen phones

The Vivaz P runs the Symbian OS and the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro run on Google Android

The Sony Ericsson X10 mobile phone will run Android 1.6 OS at launch.

The Sony Ericsson X10 mobile phone will run Android 1.6 OS at launch.

Sony Ericsson on Sunday introduced three new phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The Vivaz Pro, running on the Symbian platform, and the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, running on Google Android, together with the previously announced X10 and Vivaz model, are dubbed as the "fabulous five" by the company.

The Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro are basically smaller, more compact versions of the X10 model, announced in November last year. Both new phones run on the Google Android mobile operating system with a special interface developed by Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson's X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro feature similar specifications, albeit with a few differences. They have a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus, flash and video recording, Bluetooth (A2DP), A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, and 2.55-inch touchscreens with QVGA (240 by 320 pixels) resolutions.

Unlike the Xperia X10 Mini, the X10 Mini Pro features a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and is slightly larger and heavier. Don't expect the latest and the greatest version of Google Android on these phones just yet, as they come only with the 1.6 version.

To make up for the older software delivered with these phones, Sony Ericcson developed the Timescape interface for Android, which brings together on the home screen status updates from Facebook, Twiter messages and replies, incoming text and picture messages, and missed calls.

The 3G phones also come only with 128MB of internal memory (expandable up to 16GB via microSd cards), a problem plaguing most Google Android phones, The Xperia X10 mini and X10 pro are expected sometime in Q2, for a yet-unannounced price.

Also announced on Sunday was the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, which adds a QWERTY keyboard to the previous touchscreen-only offering announced in January. The Vivaz Pro runs on the Symbian platform from Nokia and features a 3.2-inch display (360 by 640 pixels) in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

The Vivaz Pro also features a 5.1-megapixel camera with auto focus, face detection, flash and image stabiliser, together with video recording capabilities. Bluetooth A2DP, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack also present.

Sony Ericsson's Vivaz Pro comes with an 8GB microSD card included (75MB internal memory), expandable up to 16GB. The 3G phone is expected to arrive in the second quarter as well, again at pricing to be announced.

Tags Mobile World CongresssymbianSony Ericssonmobile phonesGoogle Android

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Daniel Ionescu

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