We recently brought you rumours that Sony Ericsson were planning to launch a couple of handsets under the Xperia brand running the fledgling WP7 OS. However, if SE France CEO, Pierre Perron, is to be believed a WP7 handset could be a long time coming. Whilst SE are still in discussions with Microsoft, the company does not expect to release a handset anytime soon.
The main reason for this is the strict specification and software limits imposed by Microsoft. “[With] Windows [Phone] 7 we run the risk of standardising our smartphones” Perron told Les Echos, “we would be obliged to fight only on design and price, which we want to avoid.” With all of the effort the company has ploughed into its UXP for its X10 range, it’s not surprising it wants to utilise this UI layer where possible.
Via Telecom Paper.