Just hours after we wrote about the Johnny X promo website
, Sony Ericsson has officially announced the release date for the much-anticipated Xperia X1 Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone: September 30.
Not all countries will get the handset on this date; only the UK, Germany and Sweden. Shortly after (hence in October), the Xperia X1 craze will spread all over the world, in the following regions:
: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland;
: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam;
– The Middle East
: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE;
– Latin America
: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay;
: South Africa.
As you can see, North America
is not on the list. But fret not, Xperia X1 is going there too, as well as in Australia, China, Russia and lots of other countries, but the release date for them will be unveiled "in the coming months."
On September 15 there will be a "live global webcast" hosted by Sony Ericsson. The event will bring an Xperia X1 in-depth demonstration as well as the first of the nine episodes from the Johnny X reality thriller (so this is not a full-length movie after all). A Q&A session will also be held, on Sony Ericsson's Premiere website
"We are extremely pleased with the innovation and new user experience we have created for consumers on the Xperia X1," proudly stated Rikko Sakaguchi, senior VP and head of Creation and Development at Sony Ericsson. "The in-depth demonstration on the web cast will showcase how this handset is truly unique. The nine panel eco-system puts the user in total control of the primary experiences available on the phone and allows consumers to personalize the panel interface to suit their needs and lifestyle. The Xperia X1 has the highest quality screen on the market, four-way navigation keys and optical joy stick to give a stress-less browsing experience and, with its super fast processor and network speed the Xperia X1 really bridges the gap between personal, entertainment and work mobile needs."
Before the actual availability of the new handset, Sony Ericsson will showcase it at Tent London, between September 18 and September 21, during the London Design Week.
The first device from Sony Ericsson's Xperia sub-brand, the X1 seems to be one of those smartphones that have the power to truly revolutionize the mobile world. The Swedish-Japanese manufacturer has packed lots of high-end features into the handset, including: a 3 inch TFT touchscreen display with accelerometer and a wide 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a panel-based interface to work with Windows Mobile 6.1, global GSM and HSDPA connectivity, a full QWERTY keyboard, internal GPS and A-GPS, Wi-Fi and full HTML browser, a 3.2 MP auto focus camera with flash and video recording, lots of multimedia-oriented goodies and 400MB of expandable memory.
Xperia X1's price is still not known, so it seems that users who are impatiently awaiting for this detail will have to wait a bit longer.