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Last Updated: January 11th, 2011

Just about a week after Sony Ericsson's latest plaything was first leaked, Mobile-Review's Martin Elm has gotten his greedy hands on the device, and frankly, his initial impressions make the phone seem seriously underwhelming.

Rather than making a truly competitive high-end device, SE appears to have taken the original X10, which never sold  well to begin with, and tweaked it here and there without making any major changes.

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On the hardware front, Sony Ericsson's bumped the camera's megapixel count from eight to twelve, although Mobile-Review found that the prototype they handled was limited to taking stills at 3MP, with the maximum resolution for video being 325x288. In other words, lots of potential, very little proof of it being applied. The display, on the other hand, had little potential to begin with - due to shortages of AMOLED units, Sony Ericsson was forced to choose between Super LCD technology and a regular LCD. For some unfathomable reason, however, they decided to go with the latter, which made even the X12's 4.3-inch 854x480 monster of a display look mediocre. As for the processor, it's the same MSM7230 found in the G2, and it still flies.

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So how about the software? The prototype they handled was running Android 2.1, though it is said to be likely that the final version will end up running 2.2 (Froyo), with an upgrade to 2.3 (Gingerbread) coming sometime in 2011. Lame, especially considering that by the time the thing actually launches, phones with Gingerbread will most likely be old news already.

Source: Mobile-Review

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://www.myspace.com/anamnesia Anamnesia

    One of the lost selling-points of the X10 was that it could & would never do multi-touch. Does the X12 (at least) have multi-touch?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Yes, but since most other Android phones currently on the market also have that feature, it's not really an advantage.

  • BIT

    and Bluetooth was broken in 1.6 version...

  • Rosjer

    I'm sad to see that all the hazzle with X10 model upgrades didnt learn SE anything about customer service. Not putting Gingerbread on this will be a BIG fail.

  • TareX

    Average screen, noticeable bezel, and software which will never be updated (SE-style)... This may only sell for non-techies.

  • http://nextparadigms.com Lucian Armasu

    They need to speed up their product cycles so they don't always end up with obsolete specs and have Android that is 2 versions behind on launch day, which will be the case with X12, too.

    Even LG is starting to get it lately. They need to put cutting edge tech in their phones and make sure they come to market with the most recent stock Android version - otherwise they shouldn't even bother.

    They need to overhaul their manufacturing process, fire the people who are slowing them down, and get more quality people to help them speed things up in developing phones.

  • DIESONYHATERS

    Rock'n'Roll phone

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