No, this isn’t the XPERIA X10 Mini. This is actually the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, one of their newer but lesser known Android phone offerings that’s targeted at the more budget-conscious segment of the market.
Compared with its XPERIA sibling, the X8 come with a slightly larger touchscreen, 3-inches as opposed to 2.5-inches on the X10 Mini, but the caveat here is that it only sports fixed focus 3.2-megapixel camera. Just like the pint-sized variants of the X10, this rest of its specs also include on a 600Mhz processor complete with WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA connectivity, and the signature four corner shortcut keys found on the X10 Mini/Mini Pro. Android 1.6 is loaded by default, but fret not, an appropriate Android 2.1 update will be released for the X8 just as soon as the X10 series gets theirs first.
Sony Ericsson is proud to announce they’ve begun shipping the X8 out so it should be available in the North American market just in time for the holidays barring any further delays. Retail price? No word yet on its official price in the US, but word is that it’ll retail for just around the $300 mark unlocked. There's no question its affordable, but with such mediocre specs, we were sort of expecting it already.