OFFICIAL: Sony Ericsson confirms X8 Android phone, with 3" screen

The Sony Ericsson product leaks of the last few days have this morning been confirmed by the company, with the highlight of its new smartphone range being this beauty – the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X8.

Using the similar four corners user interface that arrived on the X10 Mini, the X8 comes with an unusually-sized 3″ screen that runs at a resolution on 320 x 480. Here’s an absolutely ENORMOUS new photo of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8:

Xperia X8 AquaBlue

Elsewhere, the X8 comes with a 3.2megapixel camera, plus there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the body, and, as with the X10 Mini, it’ll come pre-loaded with Sony Ericsson’s suite of music software. The X8 is launching in Q3, for “under €200″.

Here’s the full announcement, with complete tech spec list at the end:

Introducing the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is a great entertainment smartphone that extends the appeal of the Xperia™ collection to new market segments. The user interface is similar to that of the Xperia™ X10 mini, with the four-corners that give easy one hand use and can be customised for one touch access to your favourite applications. The Xperia™ X8 also includes Timescape™ for easy access to all your social networking and the infinite button for one click access to a world of content. The open Android operating system delivers great smartphone functionality and access to thousands of applications on Android Market™. Timo Maassmann, Product Marketing Manager for XperiaTM X8, said, “We are delighted to be able to bring the full experience of our XperiaTM smartphones to new consumers by delivering a fully featured device at a more accessible price point.”

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is perfect for enjoying multimedia entertainment. Whether it’s a game from the Android Market™, the latest funny clips on YouTube™ or browsing the web, the 3-inch screen means you won’t miss a thing. Discover and download songs from PlayNow™, then listen to all your music using the 3.5mm headphone jack. If you are feeling more creative, there’s a 3.2 MP camera and video recording functionality.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 – Key features

Four corners for easy one hand use and one touch access to applications

Customise the four corners with your favourite apps and add widgets to your homescreens

Enjoy games, video, internet and more on the 3-inch screen

Timescape™ shows all your communication in one place for ultimate simplicity
Android Market™ – thousands of applications to keep you entertained
3.2 MP camera – snap away and upload instantly to Facebook™

The XPERIA™ X8 supports GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 900/2100 and UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900/2100

The XPERIA™ X8 will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colours White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, Silver/ White.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X8 at a glance

Camera

3,2 megapixel camera
Direct picture upload to Facebook™
Geo tagging
Sony Ericsson Album application
Video recording
Music

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
PlayNow™
Sony Ericsson Music Player
TrackID™
Web

Bookmarks
Pan and zoom
WebKit web browser
Communication

Facebook™ application
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Messaging

Push email
Instant messaging
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® support with Dataviz™ RoadSync™
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Design

Auto rotate
Picture wallpaper
Capacitive touchscreen
Entertainment

Infinite button
Sony Ericsson FM radio
Video streaming
Video viewing
Organiser

Calendar
Flight mode
Phone book with dialer
Sony Ericsson Home with Widget
Notes
Location-based services

A-GPS
Google Maps™
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)
*The service may not be available in every market. For more information, go to www.sonyericsson.wisepilot.com
Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth™ technology
Micro USB connector
NeoReader® barcode scanning app
Sony Ericsson Sync
USB mass storage
USB support
Wi-Fi™
Google™ services

Android Market™ Client
Gmail™
Google Calendar™
Google LatitudeTM
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google search widget
Google Talk™
YouTube™
Screen

16,777,216 colour TFT touchscreen
Capacitive touchscreen
3.0 inches
320 x 480 pixels (HVGA)
Scratch-resistant (min. pencil hardness 6H)
Accessories

In-Box:
XPERIA™ X8
Battery 1200mAh
Stereo portable handsfree
2 GB microSD™ card
Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation
Optional:
Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600
Portable Stereo Speakers MS450
Hi-Fi Headset with Remote MH810
Facts

Size: 99 x 54 x 15 mm
Weight: 104g
Phone memory: Up to 128 MB
Memory card support: microSD™ up to 16GB
Memory card included: 2 GB
Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6
Processor: 600MHz
Availability and versions

Networks
UMTS HSPA 900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Available in selected markets from Q3 2010
Colour

White
Dark Blue/White
Aqua Blue/White
Pink/White
Silver/White

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