The UK will not be seeing Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X2. The deal with Vodafone for exclusive rights has fallen through and SE doesn’t appear to be planning any other deals. The phone will be available in other countries.
This is quite a blow for the company because the X2 was planned to be a high end competitor for Apple’s iPhone but targeted at the corporate market using Windows Mobile 6.5. The official excuse is that Vodafone says “it no longer fits within their planned portfolio” but rumours of software problems have been floating around.
This will leave SE’s X10, based on Google Android, as the top model in the UK market when it becomes available in February and must be seen as a blow for Microsoft and it’s WM 6.5.
Will this make SE think twice before developing another Windows-based phone? If it can’t release a phone aimed at multinational companies across the globe, it will miss out on businesses that want to standardise on one model. In any case it is unlikely we’ll see another Windows-based phone until Windows Mobile 7 is released.