We're just back from Sony Ericsson's press conference where they announced that they're filling out their lineup with five phones to be released before the first half of 2010 runs out. The Xperia X10 you've already heard of. Sony Ericsson said they wanted to give that experience, but in a smaller form factor. We can't say that big SE achieved the exact same user experience, but they definitely nailed the smaller form factor.

The Xperia X10 Mini is a tiny little wonder of an Android device, coming in a 83 x 50 x 16 mm and 88 grams. That tiny size does mean a tiny screen  - a 2.55 incher with 320x240 resolution. It's powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor and take microSD for expansion, 3.5 headsets for music, and a cellular tower for data connectivity - no WiFi here. You're going to get Quad-Band Edge and two versions of 3G (North American and Global) - though whether SE can actually land carrier deals for the phone is an open question. Talk time should land at about 3.5 hours, give or take.

SE has significantly altered the build of Android 1.6 on the device - it's nigh-unrecognizable and takes a bit of getting used to. However, they've helpfully added 'hot corners' to speed navigation up a bit. Hands-on impressions coming soon!


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Sony Announces Xperia X10 Mini


I won't be surprised to see this phone on Tmobile or ATT, higher chance on Tmobile, knowing their relationship with SE is kinda better. Carriers love cheap phones, and the mini could be something that could start a new wave of cheap smartphones, other than the blackberry curve and pixi. If they just wave off the data-package requirement, this would be a happy world.

With a physical keyboard, I'm not sure why it would need to have a screen any larger than 2.5" I think the point is to have a compact phone, and you can't have a 3"+ screen on a compact phone. This phone seems like it would appeal to an older generation (or maybe a much younger generation), where the large touch screen is just too much for them- a lot of people my grandparents age love my Droid, but say it's just too big for them, and it seems that the Xperia X10 Mini would be a perfect fit for them. A beautifully designed smart phone that doesn't feel like you're holding a mini television in your hand, but still has some bells and whistles.