Dallas - SonyEricsson's first Android-based smartphone for the U.S. market will be available from carrier AT&T starting Aug. 15 at AT&T retail stores, authorized retailers and
, which is SonyEricsson's first smartphone for AT&T, is priced at $149 with two-year service agreement and smartphone data plan.
The device features 4-inch 480 by 854-pixel (WVGA) scratch-resistant touchscreen, Android 1.6 OS, 1GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, assisted GPS, embedded memory up to 1GB, 2GB in-box memory card, support for 32GB memory cards, full Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client, and 8.1-megapixel camera. Camera features include smile detection, face recognition, autofocus, LED flash, 16x digital zoom, geo-tagging, image and video stabilizer, and photo and video uploading to the Web.
The X10 is SonyEricsson's first full-touchscreen phone, which lacks a hard dialing keypad or hard QWERTY keyboard. It also incorporates two features not available on previous SonyEricsson devices in the U.S. One, called Timescape, consolidates all types of messages in chronological order, including SMS and email messages and Facebook and Twitter updates. Timescape also lets users view all communications from a single person in a single place.
The other feature, called Mediascape, consolidates access to phone-stored content with similar online content, whether music, photos or video, including online Facebook videos and online photos on the Picasa photo-sharing site. Users listening to a song stored on the handset can also press a button to access related songs, albums and video content pulled from phone memory or from online sources such as YouTube. The phone will also display Google search results about the artist.
The device will be the company's first phone worldwide to incorporate the company's UX (user experience) platform, which runs on top of Android and will be available to run on future SonyEricsson phones based on other OSs, the company said. The user interface is promoted as combining entertainment features, applications, social-media integration and a rich graphical user interface.
Music features include MP3/AAC music playback and TrackID.
In other announcements, AT&T said it plans for two new quick-messaging phones, the Samsung Eternity II and Samsung Flight II, both featuring 3G HSDPA operation in AT&T's network and in overseas 2.1GHz networks.
The Eternity II features a full 3-inch touchscreen, FLO TV-based AT&T Mobile TV, full HTML browser and 2-megapixel camera/camcorder. The Flight II features full touchscreen with horizontal, slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The Flight II is already available exclusively at RadioShack retail stores. The Eternity II will be available on Aug. 15 at AT&T retail stores and at
. Pricing on both models was unavailable.
The Eternity II features three scrolling home screens, drag-and-drop widgets, and AT&T Social Net service, which consolidates popular social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace into one application for quick access. PicDial is a new feature that, during each call, lets users see full-screen Facebook and MySpace profile pictures and status messages of the person at the other end of a conversation if that person is stored in the phone's contacts.
Eternity II also downloads apps from AT&T's AppCenter, receives email, and offers live video sharing during a phone conversation with another video-sharing phone. It also comes with subscription-based AT&T Navigator GPS service, Bluetooth v2.1+ EDR and expandable memory up to 32GB.
The Flight II features a touchscreen and many of the same features, excluding AT&T Mobile TV, but adds horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard, one-finger zoom for web browsing and expandable memory up to 16GB.