Sony Ericsson’s Xperia series is probably the manufacturer’s most exciting lineup of phones. From first sight, the X8 looks like a pretty decent lightweight smart phone, it has good looks, a passable 3-inch capacitive screen, as well as a pleasant and easy-to-use software. It looks like a smaller version of the X10, although with a 3-inch display, it’s larger than the X10 Mini or the X10 Mini Pro.
- TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 320 x 480 pixels, 3.0 inches (~192 ppi pixel density) size
- 128 MB storage, 168 MB RAM, microSD, up to 16GB, 2GB included
- Up to 85.6 kbps GPRS data
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth v2.1 and v2.0 microUSB
- 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels camera with Geo-tagging
- 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
- Android OS, v1.6 (Donut), upgradable to v2.1
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Standard battery, Li-Po 1200 mAh
The general hardware of the X8 is rather impressive. There’s a micro USB socket (underneath a somewhat annoying plastic flap), the power/screen lock button, and headphone socket that is compatible with Sony Ericsson’s inline headsets – thus the odd shape. The X8’s design is a tough one to nail down. Sony Ericsson has included quite a few additional rear panels in a variety of colors to funk up the handset.
The X8 shows its superiority by treating you to its 3-inch capacitive LCD screen with resolution of 320×480 pixels – more than enough for this screen size.
The X8 comes equipped with a Qualcomm 600MHz processor, runs on Android 1.6 and uses Sony Ericsson’s Four corner UI with Timescape for social working.
The audio quality is something I had a problem with. Sony Ericsson has always complied with the norms for portable audio volume, however, the normalization on this device was very irritating and music is more or less inaudible when used in traffic. TrackID for music recognition is also present and accounted for.
The phone also comes bundled with applications like Creatouch (a drawing app, to showcase the touch capabilities), geotags, Roller coaster, Peggle and CA Gold Rush.