Sony Ericsson has announced the much anticipated upgrade of the WinMob-toting Xperia range in the shape of the Xperia X2. The sequentially named upgrade comes with the important improvement of a DVD-quality, 3.2-inch, 480 x 800, 65k colour WVGA touchscreen. The camera also gets a very decent kick up to an 8.1-megapixel sensor with a 16x digital zoom. No mention of a flash to back it up but there is a light for the video capture mode.

It weighs 115 grams and measures 110 x 54 x 16mm with its trademark curved QWERTY shape and a SlideView quick access app display to back it up with functionality. A TV-out socket and cable provide the support for the multimedia ethos behind the handset with, of course, the standard suite of Office apps as well as the Facebook and YouTube access expected from the X1.

Sony Ericsson is plopping its own customisable Panel OS on top of the WinMob 6.5 platform to make the handset more user-friendly and there's also some very useful treats in the shape of 3D effects, built-in stereo speakers and A2DP connectivity. The phone is out in selected markets from Q4 this year, will come in either black or silver an can be expanded up to 16GB of storage via microSD/SDHC.