With the 3G iPhone just over the horizon and the HTC Touch Diamond grabbing gobs of attention from the Windows Mobile camp, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 superphone that took the industry by storm just a couple months ago has taken an unfortunate back-burner position. Don’t misunderstand, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is still an incredible piece of kit for which many people (yours truly included) would sacrifice a non-essential appendage – it’s just that other handset news has pushed the XPERIA X1 out of the news cycle.
So, it’s good to see the newest white paper on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. We already know with a fair degree of certainty what the X1 will look like and what kind of features it will boast when it launches, but there are a couple significant insights lying within the white paper.
First, and foremost, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 will launch with two distinct variants. The US, in all its awkwardly non-conforming greatness, will be seeing the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1a hit its shores. The “a” presumably indicates that the X1a will be pulling duty as the Windows Mobile superphone of choice on AT&T’s 3G network. The rest of the world will be getting the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1c.
The XPERIA X1a will be distinguished from its X1c sibling in its choice of 3G frequency support. The X1a will sport a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) radio and a tri-band (850/1900/2100Mhz) UMTS/HSPA radio for 3G data connectivity, while the X1c changes things up with a tri-band (900/1900/2100Mhz) UMTS/HSPA 3G radio. The XPERIA X1c should be shipped to the rest of the world with 3G frequency support in the 900Mhz band in favor of the 850Mhz band that us Americans are so fond of.
Notable is the 10 hours of GSM talk time or 6.5 hours of 3G talk time. Hit up the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 whitepaper PDF here for the rest of the detailed device specs, or just click on the image gallery below.