XPERIA X1 debuted Sony Ericsson’s Panel UI overlay that did a great job of hiding Windows Mobile’s, uh, shall we say “uninspired” UI. The XPERIA X1 also launched the Swedish-Japanese mobile phone maker’s ultra-high-end XPERIA smartphone brand. The X1 was packed to the gills with high-tech goodies, but the first-generation smartphone cold stand some improvement.
The next-gen XPERIA is expected to rock a larger touchscreen display and sport a more capable processor and loads of RAM. Here’s what we’re told about the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 (edited for clarity):
* 8.1-megapixel camera with auto focus, video recording in VGA resolution @ 30fps (MP4 HQ)
* 3.5-inch WVGA OLED (increased from 3.0-inches on the X1)
* GPS, aGPS
* 3.5 mm headphone jack
* Faster processor
* 512MB RAM
* Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. on par with iPhone and better in some cases)
* XPERIA Panels are modified with plenty of innovative features (PS3 remote play being one of them)
* Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels
It’s not clear if the new XPERIA X2 will take advantage of the more finger-friendly Windows Mobile 6.5 user interface by using a capacitance-based touchscreen. The larger, 3.5-inch WVGA OLED display already sounds amazing on its own. If Sony Ericsson manages to fit their XPERIA X2 with a capacitance touchscreen to replace the X1’s resistive touchscreen, it may well prove to be the baddest touchscreen on the planet!
As for the rest of the spec-sheet, let’s hope it stands the test of time. The XPERIA X2 could end up taking on the likes of the Palm Pre and the new iPhone.