Siemens SX1

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The Siemens SX1, codenamed K1, is a stylish Symbian smartphone announced in February 2003 and released in December of the same year. It was the first Symbian device that was not manufactured by Nokia, and was the only one ever manufactured by Siemens. Other models in the Siemens SX family were Pocket PCs.

The SX1 was one of the most powerful phones at the time of its announcement, but its release came almost a year later.

It is known for its unusual keypad layout, with two columns of six keys on the left and right sides. The pre-loaded game Typegun was intended to help familiarize users with the layout.

Prototypes of the SX1 had only the digits printed on the keys, with the corresponding letters written on the display bezel, while retail versions have both digits and letters printed on the keys themselves.

Thanks to its OMAP chipset, the SX1 saw a port of Linux using the Das U-Boot bootloader. This is not yet possible on Nokia's OMAP based smartphones.

Variants

There were a few limited edition motorsport themed variants of the SX1.[1]

  • McLaren Edition: The most well-known variant, 200-1000 units were made. It has custom animations and wallpapers.
  • Mille Miglia Edition: 500 units were made, then another 99.
  • F1 Bahrain 2004 Edition: 50 units.

Related phones

  • Nokia 3650: Nokia's competing product announced at the same time.
  • Sendo X: Another early Symbian S60 device that wasn't made by Nokia.
  • Gigaset ME: Distant successor, an Android smartphone from Gigaset Mobile, which is the brand of Siemens' DECT cordless phones. Out of scope since it runs Android 5.1.

Specs

Basics

SX1
HW Platform/ChipsetModem: Infineon E-GOLD+ V3.1 PMB7850E (52 MHz C166S)
Application: Texas Instruments OMAP 310 (120 MHz ARM925T)
SW Platform/OSSymbian OS 6.1, Series 60 1st Edition
Display 176 x 220 TFT, 65K colors
Sub-displayNo
Physical display size2.2"
LED IndicatorNo
SensorsNo
Flash memory24 MB, 3.5 MB user available
RAM16 MB SDRAM
Memory card slotMMC, hot swappable
Phonebook capacityUnlimited
Charging and data connectorSiemens Slim-Lumberg connector
Regulatory infoFCC ID: PWX-SX1 (approved 2003-08-15)

Connectivity

SX1
Operating modesGSM 900/1800/1900
DataCSD, GPRS
Push-to-talkNo
WLANNo
SIM sizeMini SIM
IrDA1.1 (115200 bit/s)
Bluetooth1.1
Bluetooth profiles?

Input

SX1
Input methodsUnique keypad layout, predictive text
Touch screenNo
Soft keysTwo softkeys, 5-way joystick, call, end, menu, shift, clear
Side keysRight: Camera and recorder shortcuts

Media

SX1
Rear cameraVGA
Video recording176 x 144 @ 15 fps
Front cameraNo
Supported image formatsPNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, WBMP, MBM
Supported sound formatsMP3, AMR, MID, RNG...
Supported video formats3GP, MP4
Speaker configurationEar speaker, mono loudspeaker
Line outSiemens Slim-Lumberg connector
SynthesizermobileBAE, Mobile100 soundbank, 16 voices
FM radioStereo, external antenna
ExtrasVoice recorder, ringtone composer

Messaging

SX1
SMSYes
MMSYes
IM?
Email?

Software

SX1
JavaMIDP 1.0, CLDC 1.0
Java APIs?
BREWNo
MophunNo
Flash LiteNo
MediaTek MRENo

Pre-loaded content

Games

  • Typegun - a game made to get people used to the unique keyboard layout.
  • Mozzies - an augmented reality game about shooting mosquitoes.
  • Sitris - a Tetris clone with Bluetooth multiplayer.

Accessories

Batteries

Chargers

Headsets

Data cables

Gallery

References