Sony X1 Comes Ashore Black Friday for $800

Those iPhone holdouts who were waiting for Sony’s vaunted Xperia X1 to come stateside can finally take a breath – and take out their wallets. On Wednesday, Sony revealed that it would make the phone available for the first time to U.S. consumers through its Web site on Black Friday, and also slipped out the asking price of $800.

As previously announced, the X1 boasts a 3-inch touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and 3G access, along with a 3.2-megapixel digital camera. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 with a custom Sony-Ericsson panel interface  reminiscient of the iPhone’s.

Though the phone won’t begin shipping until Nov. 28, Sony will begin taking preorders through on Nov. 13. All X1 models will come unlocked, allowing them to be used on any GSM network such as AT&T or T-Mobile.