By default, all Windows Mobile PDA/phones come with Internet Explorer Mobile. Of late, some manufacturers have worked with Norway-based company Opera to bundle its Opera Mobile 9.5 with their handhelds. Some examples are the HTC Touch Diamond and Samsung Omnia, and now we can add another to that list--the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.
Opera Mobile 9.5 is currently in public beta, so anyone with a Windows Mobile PDA/phone can install a copy onto their device. But the versions that come pre-installed with devices aren't in beta. They have in fact been tested by the hardware manufacturer for compatibility--important if the handheld in question has unique specifications. That's good news because the X1 has a resolution of 800x480, which isn't exactly common for this class of devices.
We tried out the X1 briefly with the browser and the higher screen resolution is quite a boon for Web surfing. It does make text incredibly small though, which is why the easy zoom-in feature on Opera Mobile 9.5 is so important. According to Sony Ericsson, the X1 is still on track for an "early Q4" launch. Let's hope nothing disrupts that plan.
(Via Crave Asia)