Rumours are circulating in the French blogosphere that Sony Ericsson is set to launch a new mobile dubbed the Xperia X10 HD. It seems to be more of a marketing ploy though as the X10 will have the same hardware as existing handsets but will ship with Android 2.1 and HD video recording in tow.
If true, this means there are likely to be two Xperia X10 SKUs on the market (at least initially), one normal X10 with Android 1.6 and the other with same hardware but running Android 2.1. SE are expecting to launch these at some point later this month/early November for €479.
This is hardly a surprise and is a tactic other manufacturers have used in the past. For example, Acer’s Liquid phone was renamed ‘Liquid E’ once it had been updated from Android 1.6 to 2.1. However, the Liquid E also saw a RAM boost (to 512MB), but there are expected to be no hardware changes for the Xperia X10 HD (and yes that still means no multi-touch!)
Via les mobiles.