Virgin Mobile to stock "red and black" Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, from January

The UK division of Virgin Mobile has announced a little refresh of its phone line up for 2011, with a couple of interesting new Android phones joining its range. The company will start to stock the HTC Desire HD from Boxing Day, and will be selling that on a £35 contract with 1000 minutes and 1GB of mobile data.

But we’re more interested in the bargains, represented best by a limited edition red & black Xperia X8 it’ll be selling for £10 (!) a month from January 1st. Here’s the announcement:

Sony Ericsson’s latest Android powered handset the X8 is available exclusively to Virgin Media customers in a striking red and black variant from January. With instant access to the Android Marketplace with over 100,000 apps and Sony Ericsson’s integrated social networking system TimeScape that allows users to keep up to date with all of the their friends social interactions, the X8 is an attractive handset for busy tweeters and Facebookers on the move.

Available free on a £10 a month tariff with 50 minutes, 250 texts and 500MB mobile web from New Year’s day

There’s no photograph of it, so you’ll have to imagine one of these…

xperia x8 virgin mobile

…in red and black. How festive.