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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 does Android for cheap

Sony Ericsson announces the upcoming availability of its next Android device, the Xperia X8.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Sony Ericsson

On Wednesday, Sony Ericsson introduced the latest member of its Xperia family, the Xperia X8. The company did not release specific launch dates but it did say that the Android-based smartphone would sell for less than 200 Euros (about $250), so it will offer customers in Europe a more affordable choice than the pricier Xperia X10.

Given the lower price point, the Xperia X8 doesn't offer all the same features of the X10. It has a smaller 3-inch, HVGA capacitive touch screen, and a 3.2-megapixel camera versus the X10's 8.1-megapixel camera. The handset still runs Sony Ericsson's User Experience Platform along with the Timescape feature.

The quad-band GSM phone supports the UMTS HSPA 800/1,900/2,100MHz bands as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. Built on Android 1.6,according to Sony Ericsson, it will determine on a market-by-market basis whether the phone will ship running Donut with a subsequent Android 2.1 update or launch with Android 2.1 out of the box.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is expected to be available in select markets in Q3 and will come in various color combinations, including aqua blue/white, pink/white, and silver/white. CNET Asia has a hands-on video of the X8 you can check out.