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NTT DoCoMo launching its own version of Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10

Chris Ziegler
WinMo and Android handsets from HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and others that are designed for global reach typically don't find their way into Japan for a number of reasons: localization, carriers' draconian control over handset specs, unique market needs, the list goes on. Every once in a while, though, one'll break through -- take the Xperia X10, for example, which has now been announced for release on NTT DoCoMo simply as the "Smartphone Xperia," making it the first major carrier anywhere to announce a branded deal on the set. It looks to be a pretty faithful carry-over of the same custom Android skin Sony Ericsson is launching elsewhere and features 7.2Mbps down / 2.0Mbps up, WiFi, an 8.1 megapixel cam, and availability in "Sensuous Black" and "Luster White." It'll be hitting in April -- right about the same time we suspect it'll be launching elsewhere.