This article originally appeared in Brighthand.com.
Sony's new mobile device includes a touchscreen with full QWERTY thumbboard and operates on the recently released Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. Offering the best of both worlds, most business workers will be happy to have the option of keyboard or touchscreen.
When Sony Ericsson first unveiled the Xperia X1, the company was somewhat hampered by the fact that this upcoming device will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, an operating system that had not yet been officially announced at that time.
Fortunately for Sony Ericsson, the announcement it had been waiting for was made yesterday, so it is now allowed to show off this device in all its glory.
Kevin O'Brien and I are at the CTIA tradeshow in Las Vegas, and we got some hands-on time with the Xperia X1, and recorded some video of it in action.
An overview of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
This smartphone will include a 3-inch WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreen that can slide aside to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. Other navigation options will be a four-way key and an optical joystick.
The X1 will be a quad-band GSM phone with support for the 3G frequencies used around the world. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This Windows Mobile Professional device will include up to 400 MB of internal storage, and a Memory Stick Micro card slot for additional storage.
In addition, this model will include aGPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and an FM receiver.
It will be 4.3 inches wide, 2.1 inches tall, and 0.66 inches thick (110 mm x 53 mm x 16.7 mm). It will weigh 5.1 oz. (145 g).
Sony Ericsson says the XPERIA X1 will debut in the U.S. in the second half of 2008. The company is not yet willing to say what this model will cost.