Reportedly, the Sony Ericsson Mix has a big drawback of not having 3G support while the Sony Ericsson Live, which is a bit further on the path to the future, is compatible with not only 3G but also GPRS, EDGE, and hi speed WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The Live is the bigger one here with dimensional measurements of 106 x 56.5 x 14.2 mm while the Mix is only of 95.8 x 52.8 x 14.3 mm dimensions but lighter than the Live weighing about 88 grams while the Live weighs 115 grams. They both come with TFT capacitive touchscreens but the display is cooler and longer in the Live with 3.2 inches while the Mix has only a 3-inch screen. The screen size is 320 x 480 pixels in the Sony Ericsson Live while it's 240 x 400 in the Mix.
They both have scratch resistant displays and feature accelerometer and proximity sensors. The phones support only microSD card memory, comes with 2 GB cards and is expandable up to 32 GB. Both the handsets feature fast and reliable v2.1 A2DP supported Bluetooth technology. The loudspeakers in these phones have almost the same audibility, except that the Live features the Sony xLoud technology for enhanced audibility. The sound output can be amplified with the 3.5 mm external speaker/headphone jacks that both the phones sport.
The Sony Ericsson Live clearly dominates the Mix in camera specifications with its 5 Megapixel LED Flash camera of up to 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution. The 3.2 Megapixel camera of the Mix is not half bad offering up to 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution. The Mix doesn't have a secondary camera while the Live supports video conferencing with its VGA camera at the front. Besides, only the Live is capable of 720p video recording. The Live runs in the Android 2.3.4 version Gingerbread OS while the Mix is supposedly not an Android phone.
The Live is fast thanks to the 1 GHz processor. It's available in Black and White colours. The Mix comes in Black with pink cloud band, Black with pink band, Black with green bird band, Black with green band models apparently being a bit cooler in looks. The GPS supported Live uses 1200 mAh Li ion battery which offers 14 hours talk time, 17 hours music playback time and 600/800 hours standby time for 2G and 3G networks, respectively. The Mix which doesn't support GPS uses a 1000 mAh Li battery offering 13 hours music playback time, almost 10 hours talk time and 465 hours standby time.
Clearly, the Live dominates in specs, but the Mix will be the less priced. The Sony Ericsson Live Walkman is expected to be available at a price in India of Rs 22,000/- while the Sony Ericsson Mix with Walkman has an estimated price tag below Rs 10,000/-.