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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 coming Q3, disappointingly runs on Android 1.6.

The Xperia X8 is officially announced as the latest Android device from Sony Ericsson. This will be a mid-ranged device that joins its siblings the Sony Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.

Despite being the latest, the X8 which will only be sold in about 5-6 months time is still running the aged Android 1.6. This is a big problem with Sony Ericsson as they keep releasing new phones running old OS versions while the rest of the Android players are busy upgrading their handsets to 2.2 (Froyo). By the time X8 is on sale, this could be the oldest running Android phone sold in the market.

Check out the comparison with the X10 Mini and hands on preview of the X8 after the jump.

Let’s take a look at the X10 Mini which will be out in the market in couple of months time and the newly announced X8.

Looking at the specs, we can’t help but to be frustrated that Sony Ericsson could easily create a single good phone instead of having these 2. Why bother with an X10 Mini when the screen solution is still a tiny 240×320?

We would rather have Sony Ericsson focus on getting Android 2.2 on their devices instead of coming out with so many close variants which makes no sense.

Here’s a brief hands on video of the X8.