Sony Ericsson will confirm its first Android-based handset, the Xperia X3, early next year, Mobile News understands.
The X3, which has the working title ‘Rachael’, will be held until 2010 so Sony Ericsson can push its Xperia X2 based on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, despite recent reports claiming the X3 will launch before Christmas.
The X2 will be available on Vodafone from next month.
The X3 will run off Google’s Android operating system. Leaked specifications for the device suggest it is a four-inch touchscreen handset with an eight megapixel autofocus camera and an 8x digital zoom.
Sony Ericsson is expected to announce the device at CES tradeshow, which runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas in the US, Google’s homeland.
It will be showcased as its flagship device at Mobile World Congress in February, and launched before the end of the quarter, Mobile News understands.
The Android-based X3 will give Sony Ericsson a belated lift, reckon market watchers, after a rough 2009. New Sony Ericsson president Bert Nordberg is expected to lead a reduction in the manufacturer’s relationships with platform providers from three to two.
It works with Symbian, Windows Mobile and Android at present, and its focus is expected to be on Google’s Android in large part through 2010.