According to an Engadget report from last week,Xperia X8 will soon arrive in North America, unlocked and for a price lower than $300.
Previously rumored as Sony Ericsson Shakira, Xperia X8 is powered by a 600 MHz processor and runs the old Android 1.6 OS (Donut).
Still, it seems that the handset manufacturer already leaked information about a future update to Android 2.1, which should be pushed on Xperia X8 sometime this fall.
For those out of the loop, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 comes with a 3.0-inches TFT capacitive touch screen (320 x 480 pixels) with 16 Million colors support, scratch-resistant surface and accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate.
It also boasts HSDPA and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity, 128 MB RAM, as well as microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 16 GB, 2 GB included).
Other key features of the Android-based smartphone include: 3.2-megapixel camera with geotagging and video recording capabilities (VGA@30fps), Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS support, and Digital compass.
Even though it comes with Android 1.6 OS, Xperia X8 is stuffed with Sony Ericsson's proprietary Timescape UI.
The phone is fully working with HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 networks, which makes it compatible with most of the U.S. and Canadian major carriers.
There's no information about a possible release of the device through a certain operator, but rumors are saying that its price tag should not be above $300 unlocked.
The device is slated for a September release on the North American continent.