By Mark Sutton
Windows Mobile business and entertainment handset sets sights on Apple and Nokia
Sony Ericsson has unveiled its new Windows Mobile-based handset, the XPERIA X1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The XPERIA X1 comes in a new Arc slider design, with a slightly curved, full QWERTY keypad sliding out from under a 3" VGA 800 x 480 resolution screen.
The phone includes touchscreen, optical joystick and handwriting recognition inputs, along with XPERIA Panels, a touchscreen, icon-driven menu system. With 3G connectivity along with PDA and office applications such including document editors and readers, push email, the phone seems to be aimed squarely at both the Apple iPhone and Nokia Communicator.
Rikko Sakaguchi, head of Portfolio and Proposition at Sony Ericsson, commented: "XPERIA is our promise to think foremost about user experience and to deliver on our goal of providing a true premium experience - anytime, anywhere, anything, with anyone.
"By working with Microsoft on the XPERIA X1, we have been able to couple our excellence in creating compelling consumer propositions with the productivity capabilities of Windows Mobile to deliver a seamless blend of mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment within a distinctive design," he added.