By Brandon Miniman | October 30, 2008 12:45 AM
In this video, we cover the hardware of the XPERIA X1.
To start, it’s great to see a mixed use of metal and plastic, which gives the X1 a high quality feel. The unit that I’m using is the X1i, which means that it’s quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and quadband UMTS (850/900/1900/2100). I was able to insert my AT&T SIM card and get HSDPA cellular data.
The X1 has an optical joystick for scrolling, and a traditional D-Pad surrounding the optical area should you prefer to use that. The button panel on the front of the device is lacking a Start menu key, which would help hugely with one-handed usability.
The device uses miniUSB for syncing and charging, and 3.5mm audio to output to headphones. The microSD slot is under the metal battery cover.
The keyboard isn’t as generous as the Touch Pro in terms of number of keys, but it seems reasonably easy to type on.
More coming soon!