Sony Ericsson today announced the Australian launch of their latest mobile phone, the XPERIA X1. The stand-out, arc slider phone from Sony Ericsson has been designed to address the growing need for a premium mobile experience – taking mobile entertainment to an entirely new level without compromising on workhorse features that matter to the mobile workforce.

As the mobile broadband comes of age, consumers are waking up to the vast array of multimedia services and content they can access on the move through their mobile phone. The XPERIA X1 from Sony Ericsson enables consumers to personalise their experiences through a distinctive touchscreen, panel-based UI creating an interface which is uniquely relevant to them and how they live their lives. This continually active desktop allows users to organise the phone’s active dashboard as they want, changing between panels just like they change their mood, activity and information needs everyday.

The XPERIA X1 combines a three inch clear wide VGA display and a full QWERTY keyboard within a quality metal-finish body. With Windows Mobile inside, the XPERIA X1 lets you choose from a dynamic range of activities at anytime and anywhere, from enjoying your favourite entertainment content to working efficiently on the move. Access a world of experiences simply by touching the XPERIA panel on the screen.

SonyEricsson-Xperia-hand....XPERIA panel interface – enjoy access to different experiences – web, multimedia, applications – from your screen. Navigate with the touch of a finger. Configure and have your XPERIA panels just the way you want them.

Multiple navigation – XPERIA X1 lets you interact with your phone in different ways. Touch, full QWERTY keyboard, four-way key and optical joystick navigation. Switch seamlessly between operation modes.

Arc slider design – the arc design gives XPERIA X1 a distinct and unique feel. Slide the screen upwards to reveal the wide pitch QWERTY keyboard. Ample distance between keys makes writing fast and easy.

Ultimate mobile experience – with Windows Mobile, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Mobile access to everything you need.

Price and availability

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 will be initially available exclusively through Telstra at a RRP of $1,499, and it is expected in stores mid-December.