Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review: Released in 2010, the Xperia X8 was the latest in Sony Ericsson’s new range designed to get them back to the top League of mobile phones. For some time after Apple’s iPhone release there were few challengers. With many of the chasing pack unable to produce an operating system as refined as Apple’s, most began to throw their lot in with Google’s Android system. Most of the new flagships ran on this system.
The Xperia X8 did not confront the leaders head-on – that was saved for the superior Xperia X10 device. It did, however attack them in their weak spot – price. The Xperia X8 was a cut down version of a top-end smartphone. It did however feature all the specs one would need from one of these devices at a much lower price. Quality-wise, it also differentiated itself from the budget touch handsets – generic brands such as ZTE were still using the resistive touchscreen at this point.
At the price this was quite a well-rounded package.
This came towards the end of Sony Ericsson’s partnership and the Xperia phones would continue under Sony’s name only. There were a few related phones. The Sony Ericsson W8 and Xperia Mini were released in 2011. Both were 3-inch phones and upgraded on the internals.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review Pros:
- The phone’s screen was great for the money. A 3 inch screen with a 320 x 480 resolution toughened with Gorilla Glass made for good viewing; this was the same resolution as the premium Apple iPhone 3GS but in a smaller screen.
- Unlike Apple the phone came with expandable memory. The phone accepted Sony’s own memory stick up to a capacity of 16GB.
- The phone featured Android with a custom Sony Ericsson skin. With a huge number of apps available, this was much better than the previous operating system.
- Connectivity was well catered for, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS – all seen on premium models.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review Cons:
- There was only 128MB on-board storage, which for a smartphone was incredibly small. A 2GB card was included, but with many apps (especially games) on the large size, this necessitated buying more storage.
- The imaging side of things was weak, often a feature held-back in the mid-range. The camera lacked auto-focus, flash, and there was also no front-facing camera.
- The screen was a tad on the small size for proper touchscreen use. Many of the multi-touch features seen on other models were not present here.
- A relatively small amount of RAM meant that many future Android releases would not run smoothly, if at all.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
As one of the later Sony Ericsson models this will be of some interest. The phone was also one of the smaller ones running the Android operating system so it is noteworthy for this as well. Aside from this it is not a particularly premium model.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Disassembly
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Video Review
Here is a video review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 which covers most of its main features.