The Xperia X8 is one of a growing number of cheaper Android-based smartphones, and costs about €200 (US$280) before subsidies. It started shipping in the beginning of October, and comes with a 3-inch display, a 3.2-megapixel camera and navigation using A-GPS (Assisted-GPS).
In the third quarter, Sony Ericsson ranked as the sixth largest phone manufacturer in the world, according to IDC. It is the first time the company, which has been passed by Apple as well as Research in Motion, isn’t in the top five since IDC conceived its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker in 2004.
However, Sony Ericsson reported a third-quarter net profit of €49 million, compared to a loss of €164 million a year earlier and a profit of €12 million in the previous quarter, and it has Android to thank for the turnaround, the company said.
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