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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is Sony’s newest phone to compliment, or rather broaden, the lineup of Sony Ericsson’s Android phones. It is designed to cater to those who want the Android experience for a cheap price and finding Sony’s earlier serving of X10 mini and X10 mini Pro lacking in terms of screen size.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8


The Xperia X8 somehow follows the hardware design of its cousins’ from the X10 series with its plastic yet-stylish form. When the typical screen size being 3.2″, the Xperia X8 has a 3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. You can also see the ambient light sensor, speaker grill and LED indicator above its screen.

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Below the touchscreen are the standard Xperia Android buttons for menu, home and back. Just like the other Xperia phones, the X8 doesn’t have the seldomly-used Android Search button. The menu button is also used to unlock the screen and I have to point out that without any button combination to unlock, you might accidentally use the phone while in your pocket.

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The Xperia X8 is void of any buttons on the left side. On top is the microUSB port for charging and PC connection. Smack at the top center is the power button that also serves as the lock/sleep button. Beside this is the 3.55mm earphone jack. On the right side of the phone is the volume rocker and a dedicated camera button.

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is catered to the chic smartphone users having a replaceable back panel that also houses the camera lens, the speaker and the SE logo. Our box contained 4 stylish back panels with an airbrushed gradient design to choose from. It also has a matte finish to repel fingerprints. Speaking of the back panel, we had a hard time prying it open the first time. Turns out you should use the fingernail hold on the left side of the device.


Similar to the Xperia X10 mini, the X8 runs on a 600Mhz processor with a 128 MB internal memory expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card (a 2GB microSD is already included).

Considering that the X8 is Sony’s latest Android device, it is quite disappointing to see it still running the outdated Android 1.6 (Donut) especially when the X10 series already received their 2.1 updates.

User interface

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 corner shortcuts

Even with the Android 1.6 OS, I wouldn’t say it will be a deal breaker for the Xperia X8. Sony Ericsson applied a different UI implementation for the X8 similar to the X10 mini, the most noticeable of which are the corner shortcuts. Basically, you can place any application icon on the four corners which will persist on the main screen for easy access.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 one widget per screen

The lack of screen real estate on the X8 prompted Sony to implement a one widget per homescreen scheme, which I find impractical especially if you are the type of user who wants to see as much widgets on a single homescreen as you want. I am not sure how many single-widget screens the X8 can accommodate but again, I find it quite unfeasible to swipe to more than 10 home screens to jump from widget to widget. A lot of wasted space here.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Swiping up from the main menu will bring the application dashboard which presents all your installed apps in a grid of icons.

Navigating the UI for X8 is surprisingly smoother than what I expected. I did encounter a few moments when it lags a little but not really to a point that would bother me.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Timescape

The X8 brought with it its own implementation of Timescape (no Mediascape though) present in the other X10 phones. Again, Timescape is the main “˜hub’ for your Social network updates as well as text messages in one fancy-looking package. Despite its slower processor, X8’s Timescape was pretty smooth provided that it has loaded all your updates already.

Text messaging

Problems with small touchscreen is that typing can be quite a hassle when using the onscreen keyboard. With the X8 however, it was easier for me to familiarize typing on it. It would be nice though if you don’t have to switch to a different keyboard when your want to use numbers and special characters.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 keypad

However, similar to the X10, I was quite annoyed by how the phone lags when I am trying to compose a quick text message. I also noticed how slow the onscreen keyboard reorients itself to lansdscape mode and back. Aside from these few hiccups, I honestly did enjoy the X8 experience.


The X8 includes a 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera with geotagging capabilities and can also record VGA videos at 30 frames-per-sceond. In terms of camera features, I find the X8 lacking with the absence of zooming capabilities, flash, etc.

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Also, do not expect to get high quality pictures here, probably only something that would suffice for uploading on photo sharing sites. Most of the images I took ends up either blurred or washed out.

Internet browsing

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Browsing on the X8 is not as good as its bigger brother but that is to be expected on a smaller screen. Add to that the fact that the X8 does not support multi-touch so no pinch-to-zoom functionality here.


What I really liked about the X8 however is the improvement on its battery life as compared to the X10. A full charge lasted almost two days for me with intermediate browsing (through wifi and via 3g) a few calls and the usual text messages. This could be attributed to the less power”“hungry processor and the smaller screen size but hey, it’s not something to complain about.


All in all, despite being handicapped by its OS, the X8 is a very competent entry-level phone. Expect it to improve some more once its OS upgrade is released before the end of this year.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

With a good battery life and features to handle your typical smartphone needs, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is a capable contender in the market for entry-level Android phones. Add to the fact that it is one nicely built smartphone with a stylish design not found in its rivals, I wouldn’t be surprised if the X8 will get lots of attention.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Specs:

  • Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor
  • Android 1.6 Donut
  • 128MB internal storage
  • 168MB RAM, expandable up to 16GB via microSD card (2GB microSD included)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • 3G/HSDPA
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3.15MP w/ VGA recording @ 30fps
  • FM Radio tuner
  • GPS w/ aGPS support
  • Li-Po 1200mAh battery
  • SRP: Php11,600

Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Roy Sanchez with some slight revisions by the editor. Roy is a regular contributor here at PTB and specializes in Android platforms. He thinks that Android OS will win the smartphone OS wars if it comes to that.

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  • crazy88

    Hello, Mugen Power just released the 1300 and 2600mAh Extended Battery for Sony Ericsson X8, cool!


  • Kinabog

    Does the packaging here in the Philippines include 5 back panels? Thank you.

    • the one we receive from SE here in the Phils. has 5 back panels although we learned that some customers didn’t see those panels in their package.

      • Benjie

        Where did you bought your X8 with 5 back panels. thanks

      • Chris


        I am planning to purchase this Android & as of writing I understand that Eclair is slowly rolling over all X8’s (Depending on the SI of the unit). Im a bit skeptical though regarding its real life performance e.g. Battery life, speed, availability of apps from Android Market and so on. I am on a tight budget though, and my choices are X8, Galaxy Spica of Samsung and LG Optimus One (already running Froyo). Is X8 the better option among the bunch (regardless of version)? Does it have a decent Music Player? Cheers!

        • they’re all pretty much the same in terms of performance (although the spica has an edge) including music player. what your deciding factor then should be the price, design and build quality.

          • Francis

            so… among those three phones, which one do you prefer?

          • reineir

            what is the bad causes when i upgrade my x8 from 2.1 to 2.2, and is there any help on how to install apps in sd not in internal… thanks very lot…

  • This phone is on my Christmas list! does anybody know if the latest version of Android was installed already?

  • norfz

    is it Php11,600 only here in Philippines?

  • bojie

    i think the update android 2.1 eclair on x8 is already rolling….if im not mistaken i got the update on nov.26….right now my phone is running in 2.1 eclair…

    • hi bojie, can you check on your settings.. about phone if you really have the 2.1? it was announced on nov. 27 that 2.1 on x8 will happen before year ends

      • bojie

        sorry it was on saturday midnight i thought it was still friday and friday was nov 26 right?…i can still remember it cuz i slept 4am in the morning that time…..yea before the update my phone firmware version says 1.6 but after the update it says 2.1….u can visit sony ericsson website forum and most of the people who have x8 updated their phones to 2.1….

  • Marian

    hello..i have xperia x8 phone and everytime i download games from android market it is automatically stored in phone memory..is there any way that it will be transferred to my SD card?thank you..

    • bojie

      hey marian….it would be a great help if u can go to sony ericsson website…there’s a forum in there plus a lot of people will try to help u…we have the same situation but i dont have problem with it…r u done updating ur phone to 2.1 eclair?

    • yung ganung feature is available on Android 2.2 and up. Wala pang upgrade yung X8 for 2.2.

  • carol

    hi.. im a X8 users too… I have a question regarding the battery life of x8. Does anyone of you experiencing SHORT battery life of your fone? Actually im very disappointed because I seldom use my fone for texting and calling and still it lasted for a day. Is it because of the 2.1 update? Help me please… TIA… 🙂

    • that is the bane of smartphones. 1 day use. try turning off WiFi, Sync and set brightness to medium. you can see this in the power control widget.

      • bojie

        i have an answer for ur problem carol….i have the same problem with u when i updated my x8 to 2.1….my phone will only last a day…i ended up charging my phone every night….after turning off data traffic, adjusted the brightness, turn off the wifi, downloaded a task killer, and even used a photo background which doesnt require more backlight….after doing all those things my phone still wont last for a day…in order for ur phone to last more than a day….go to setting–wireless and network—mobile networks—network mode and choose GSM only…now my phone can last up to 2days…when it is in standby mode it can reach up to 3days…^_^…i hope it will work on u cuz it works on me…^_^

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  • angel

    hello! ask ko lang po kung san niyo nabili yung SE x8 niyo? kasi bibili din ako ng ganitong fone… pero hanap ko yung pink back panel… sa mga napagtanungan kong shop sa mall plain white and blue back panel lang yung available… please reply nman po kayo… magpapalit na kasi ako ng cp lg optimus pink gamit ko… pero like ko na yung SE x8 though same lang sila ng OS… help please… TIA! ^^,

    • na-try niyo na sa SE shop mismo? sa Robinson’s galleria may ganun. yung sa amin review unit lang eh.

      • angel

        thank u mr.calvin! cge try q dun bumili… how much kaya dun? kc ang alam kong price niya ngayon 11,700…

        • bojie

          un din ang question ko…kc ung nkita ko s youtube inside the box of x8 andun lahat ng casing….i think mga 4 or 5 ang casing ang kasali na….tsk tsk tsk tsk…nywayz i didnt buy my phone here…s middle east kc to galing pina bili ko lng…^_^..

  • Hiroto

    does xperia x8 cost only 11,600? XD

    • bojie

      i guess…that’s what they said…it’s a mid range smart phone nywayz and doesn’t cost that much….^_^

  • dennis

    guys! ask lng.. qwerty lng ba tlga etong x8? ndi ba pdeng alpha numeric?

    • bojie

      mukhang qwerty lng tlg ang x8….^_^…

    • Joy

      Pwede siya aplha numeric (T9 keyboard). Just go to:

      1. Settings -> Language and keyboard -> Chinese keyboard -> Portrait keyboard -> 12-Key PhonePad -> Press Back key -> Landscape keyboard -> 12-Key PhonePad -> Press Back key (twice)

      2. Check the Chinese keyboard

      To enable the 12-Key PhonePad (T9 keyboard):
      Message -> New Message -> Click Write Message box -> Long Press (Write Message box) ->Input method -> Select Chinese Keyboard

      Chinese keyboard is pre-installed on it or you can download a keyboard to Market also found in Xperia X8. The keyboard has English and Chinese characters (interchangeable)

  • hi.. i just wanna ask kung magkano na po ngayon ang SE X8?. have no time kasi to check it’s price on malls .. thank you so much. 🙂

    • try mo maghanap sa cgena.com. they’re updated sa mga price ng mobile phones.

  • louie

    If you were to choose between SE X8 and Nokia X6, what will u choose? Ano po ba maganda? Help naman po..

    • definitely X8 just because it runs on Android. I’m not impressed with Symbian at all pero that’s just me. I’m not saying X6 is a bad phone but for my needs, I prefer the smarter phone.

  • Can anybody out there please tell me how to browse through 3G on my X8 using either smart or globe? I’m having a problem. Been searching on the net and so far nothing applies to my problem. Any recommendations? Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • usually globe or smart will automatically give you the settings. try changing the apn address in the network settings. google for the correct apn address for globe and smart.

  • i bought an x8 yesterday and i really appreciate the design. i love it.

  • Batman07

    For SALE Sony Erickson Xperia X8, Brand New!
    Reason for selling: Retention Phone for SMART
    Price: PHP 9000
    Email Address: [email protected]

  • Batman07

    For Sale: SE Xperia X8 (Brand New) with 1 year warranty, NTC registered, locked on SMART
    Reason for selling: Just a free unit form SMART post paid plan
    Contact Details: [email protected]

  • bojie

    wew…so disappointed that there’s no android 2.2 froyo for X8…T_T…im thinking of rooting my phone for a solution…heheheh…^_^

  • Aileen

    May mga problems ka na po bang naencounter with X8? Share nman po. Haha. I’m planning to buy this kasi eh. And how much po bili mo? Thank you.

  • Tuttie

    May sony ericsson shop p b s robinson’s galleria?

    • last time i visited meron sa basement katabi ng nokia.


    ahmmm sir question lang po… my nabibili po bang replacement na earphones para sa sony ericsson? and how much po? X8 user din po ako… 🙂 solomot…

    • yan ang di ko alam. ayaw mong palitan na lang ng matinong earphones? 😛

  • El_latino

    were can i download FREEgames foR X8?

  • marc

    I’m also an X8 user, and i have one question, How will i transfer my applications from phone memory to SD card?

  • hello! im a xperia x8 user just wanna ask where I can buy housing/casing for my phone..tnx for the feedback soon..:-P