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Sony XPERIA 10 with “Rachael” UI: a phone you don’t want to “be on a break” from

November 3, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Phones, Sony Mobile

Sony XPERIA 10 with “Rachael” UI: a phone you don’t want to “be on a break” from

Sony Ericsson is expected to show the world “What’s next” in the next few hours when it announces the Sony Ericsson XPERIA 10 “Rachael” phone. But SE’s first Android phone is already known: this is the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10.

Engadget has a number of photos, videos, and specs that offer a bit of great news and disappointing news. For one, I can sum up the interface in three sentences: BEAU.TI.FUL. The previous Rachael UI (called UX officially but we’ll keep using the name you know for now) contacts and music concept leaks accurately displayed the appealing and well-designed communication and media methods that come on the XPERIA 10.

The disappointing part is that Rachael UI looks good on the tall and sleek device but comes with Android 1.6 (Donut) and a little bit of lag. Ok, a lot of lag. However, we can probably expect that to improve because previous Android phones have increased in speed between the time they first appeared on video and the time they were released in stores.

Here’s what we know about the phone so far:

  • Touchscreen: 4.0 inch, scratch-resistant touchscreen with 480 x 854 pixels display (WVGA resolution)
  • Memory: 1 GB of internal memory (meaning you’ll probably won’t have to worry about running out of app space), support for microSD cards, and an included 8GB memory card
  • Timescape - Sony Ericsson’s answer to the increasingly-popular trend of integrating contact activity into one central location. It has an intuitive way of centralizing Facebook, Twitter, photos, emails, and texts in into one place. An “infinite button” will show the connections in one view.
  • Mediscape - Sony Ericsson’s beautiful twist on music and video organization and playback on Android. Organize music, photos, and videos from your favorite friends or artists, YouTube, PlayNow, and the items stored on your phone/SD card. Face recognition for up to five people in one photo can automatically recognize your friends and connect to your phonebook. So, if you load new photos, the phone will be able to link them to your friends John and Amy’s profiles.
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), FM Radio support, and a wireless stereo headset that streams music with “sound-enhancing ear-buds.”
  • Device: Colors available: Sensuous Black and Luster White (direct quotes, so please don’t accuse me of sexual harassment!)
  • Camera: 8.1 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto focus, face recognition, geo tagging, image stabilization, light control, video recording, and easy send to web features
  • Misc: A-GPS, Wisepilot GPS navigation trial, 3.5 mm audio jack, PlayNow, and TrackID support

Wow. The XPERIA 10 will be available in Q1 2010 (January-March). The press release was sent from London, so we can guess that this baby appears in Europe first. However, the XPERIA 10′s support for GSM bands makes it possible to jive with a US carrier.

P.S. The headline is a Friends reference. You have permission to mock me for that.