Sony Ericsson just put an official stamp on their first Android phone. Called the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the new handset ships with undeniably high-end hardware, along with version 1.6 (Donut) of the Android mobile OS.
More than just sporting souped-up specs, the new smartphone rocks the Rachael Android UI, which the company claims to provide "best-in-class entertainment features" and "unrivaled integration of social media services." I'm sure MotoBlur (as seen in the Cliq) will have something to say about that, but we'll gladly wait to see Rachael's final build before passing on any judgment. Do note that early versions of the software that were tested by various sites were said to be feature-rich, but painfully laggy and battery-intensive.
Since it's an Xperia, hardware is characteristically topnotch. Details include a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen (854 x 480 resolution), a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8.1 megapixel camera module (with a ton of features), 3G, Wi-Fi, aGPS, stereo Bluetooth and 1GB of onboard storage (with a bundled 8GB microSD card). It measures a considerably big 119 x 63 x 13 mm and weighs 135 grams.
As with most Android phones, it will come with apps that offer Google's suite of services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and more. Sony Ericsson's aggregation tools, Timescape (for messages) and Mediascape (for media files), are also built-in, along with a Webkit-based browser and a trial of Wisepilot (which you should throw out after upgrading to 2.0 and getting Google Maps Navigation).
Simply put, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 represents what could be the company's biggest smartphone effort to date. There's no pricing announced, but expect it to be on the high-end (like all Xperia-branded devices) when it rolls out early in 2010.