Update: Crazy John’s have told me, that they have had the X8 available for $169 for a few weeks now, so hit them up and grab one, if you wish.

It’s old, it’s late but it’s cheap. Vodafone are due to launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 on their network on both pre- and post-paid. Starting at $0 upfront on the $19 Cap and $45 Infinite plans, and only $169 on pre-paid, the little 3.2 megapixel, 3″ touch screen handset, is certainly priced by it’s age.

Optus picked up the handset almost 6 months ago, now Vodafone are following the call. Let’s hope it launches with 2.1 instead of 1.6. It launches March 23rd, and should be picked up by most Vodafone dealers.

  • Bean27

    Looks like a pimped up version of my old W595.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1332994767 Dylan Waghorne

    ideos >

  • Jeniskunk

    Lucas, let’s hope it vodafails utterly to sell.
    It’s too old and and primitive and crippled now. It was released to market using a woefully out of date version of Android for the time, and can’t even be bought up to current by the majority of the users it’s being priced at.

    • http://ausdroid.net Lucas Burnett

      spot on

    • Emmchick

      “It’s too old and and primitive and crippled now”

      Please explain?

      • Jeniskunk

        Too old: was released globaly September 2010.
        Too primitive: Android 1.6, when 2.2 was available, and folks were hanging out for 2.3.
        Too crippled: Sony’s 4th rate excuse for an Android launcher, taken from the X10 and inflicted on the X8.

        • http://ausdroid.net Lucas Burnett

          I will disagree with the launcher argument, I actually really like Sony’s Corner launcher, it’s extremely effective for small screens and works very well, The X10 mini and X10 mini pro were awesome phones and had great usability mainly due to the launcher. However they shouldn’t have used it on the X8.

        • http://twitter.com/punyweakling Lemon

          Lucas, I agree that the corners launcher works extremely well on the X10MP etc, but this handset has a 320×480 res. That’s the same as the G1, Magic and Legend. The phone is TRANSFORMED into something usable when applying a home replacement like ADW, which really shows that the corners UI on this screen res was a poor decision.

  • http://twitter.com/punyweakling Lemon

    I’ve got one on my desk. Anyone getting this needs to add ADW immediately. It baffles me that SE kept the “corners” homescreen on a 320×480 res screen.

    The OS is just FINE despite being 1.6 (stop for a minute and think about the target market – not everything has to be cutting edge)… the only real let down is the screen quality (brightness) aint that great.

    IDEOS U8150 – $99
    X8 – $169
    IDEOS X5 – $299

    That’s a good _range_ of price points for lower end phones…

    • Jeniskunk

      It’s not simply about the OS being too old. It’s that the price point target market for the X8 is folks moving from dumb phones and feature phones to Android who won’t know how to do an OS FLASH update.
      Also, why have the mid priced phone be so badly out of date OS wise, compared to the low and high priced units?
      IDEOS U8150 – $99 – Android 2.2
      X8 – $169 – Android 1.6
      IDEOS X5 – $299 – Android 2.2

      • http://twitter.com/punyweakling Lemon

        You’re a little out of touch with the average phone user dude. And with retailers.

        The majority of Android users are not like you and me. They don’t know what an OS FLASH update is or in most cases even care why we might think it’s important. Now, there is a lot of enthusiasm in Android users and I’m not saying the “majority” is as high as 90% or anything… but think for a minute about the demographic that is going to buy a little SE X8 on $169 prepaid. That phone already does everything they need it too, and if they learn more and want to upgrade then upgrades are still affordable to them.

        With regard to price point, retailers/networks want to give their customer a good experience, but you also need to provide pricing options – and in many cases this is financially a hell of a lot more important to your bottom line that whether SE could be arsed keeping the X8 updated.

        It’s not a perfect world, and it’d be great if the X8 could hit 2.1 or 2.2. But it’s not the end of the world, or even a bad proposition because it’ll stay on 1.6.