Sony Ericsson announces Xperia X8, plus Android 2.1 updates to Xperia X10 line

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 White
Two pieces of good news here for Sony Ericsson fans: the company today announced the next phone in their Xperia line, the X8. Slotting in below the X10, the X8 will be its smaller, cheaper sibling.

Speaking of the X10, here’s the other piece of good news: they (as in all three types of the X10), will get a bump from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 in Q3 of this year. For the original X10, the bump will also bring HD video recording, which is a neat bonus.

Not only that, but another software update will come in Q4 (for the original X10 only) that will enable the phone to wirelessly connect to your (presumably Sony) television to display content.

As I said above, the X8 is the cheaper alternative to the X10 line. It will sport a 600MHz processor, 3.0 inch 320×480 screen, 3.2MP camera, 3.5mm headset jack, 2GB included MicroSD card, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth (with stereo A2DP), and Sony’s uniqiue twist on the Android UI.

It will come in your choice of (just) White, Dark Blue/White, Aqua Blue/White, Pink/White, or Silver/White. You can see the different colours in the gallery, below (many thanks to All About Phones for the pic).

Sony haven’t yet made their mind up on whether the X8 will launch with Android 2.1 or 1.6, but if it does launch with 1.6, a software update to 2.1 will follow “a few weeks later”.

Like the Android 2.1 update, the X8 also has a vague Q3 2010 release date. No price is yet available.

[via Unwired View]