New Xperia Handsets Confirmed

Thanks to Esmertec, which will embed its Jbed Java platform into all the Xperia devices

  Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
Esmertec, a Swiss software, application and services provider, announced today that Sony Ericsson would integrate its Jbed Java Multitasking Virtual Machine in the Xperia family of mobile devices. Yes, you heard (read) well, Xperia is a whole series of handsets, hence besides the upcoming X1 Windows Mobile smartphone there will surely be other high-end devices to come and bear the X-naming.

The Jbed Java platform developed by Esmertec will be integrated into the X1 and the other Xperia handsets in order to offer users the best-possible mobile experience. Thanks to Jbed, Xperia owners will enjoy a quick and easy access to any Java-based mobile application.

"Sony Ericsson is shipping millions of innovative mobile phones each year and we are pleased that a world leader has recognized the strength and opportunities that our Jbed software technology offers inside mobile phones," stated Thomas Hornung, Chief Executive Officer of Esmertec. "We look forward to continuing working with Sony Ericsson to bring pioneering Java solutions that enable them to achieve the flexibility and functionality they are demanding for their next-generation mobile phones."

Ib Green, Head of Software at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, added: "Sony Ericsson has created Xperia X1 to be a revolutionary premium mobile user experience. Esmertec has demonstrated its capabilities in delivering advanced mobile Java technology and to fulfill our high requirements when supporting our existing Java Platform strategy. Therefore, the smooth integration of Jbed with our Xperia X1 makes Esmertec a key development partner to realize some of the X1 promises."

Scheduled to be released in September, Xperia X1 will bring a wide range of high-end features, including a 3 inch TFT touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G, a full QWERTY sliding keyboard, advanced Web capabilities, a 3.15 Megapixel camera (with auto focus and flash) and so on.

For the moment, there are no details about the other Xperia handsets, but we expect them to be even more advanced than the X1.

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By    17 Jul 2008, 15:04 GMT