Last night’s Sony Ericsson announcement

Last night Sony Ericsson announced three new mobile phones and one accessory. Here’s a little on each. Sorry about the late posting, was busy last night working.

K660 is an HSDPA-enabled mobile phone with the new version of the NetFront web browser now also featuring a cursor for browsing large websites. It’s developed for being used in landscape mode (but other SE phones can do this, too!), and Sony Ericsson has added four web shortcut keys, which seems to be a good idea. But I’m not too sure how it’ll work with the screen being in landscape and the keypad still being for portrait usage. We’ll see, I guess. It’ll also have RSS widgets on the standbyscreen, which is a nice feature! It has a 2 megapixel camera without auto focus, 256 MB M2-card comes along, and the screen is 2 inches large and has a QVGA resolution, showing up to 262.144 colors. It’ll be available some time in Q1 next year with a price tag around £180 – £200.

W380 is the manufacturer’s new low-end Walkman phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera, Walkman 2.0, TrackID, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP-support and a radio. It comes bundled with a 512 MB M2-card, that’s capable of storing around 270 songs in eAAC+ format. It’s also got a new feature called ‘Gesture Control’, so if you get an incoming call or the alarm starts, all you have to do is shake the phone, and the sound will go off. Pretty nice! It’ll come in two colors: Electric Purple & Magnetic Grey, will ship in Q1 and will end up at around £130 – £150.

W890 was the last phone announced yesterday. It’s the successor of W880, and comes bundled with a massive 2 gigabyte M2-card with storage room for over a thousand songs. But that’s not all – it also comes with the HBH-DS220 stereo Bluetooth headset and the Bluetooth speaker ball MBS-100. It’s got HSDPA and Walkman 3.0 for listening to music. Sony Ericsson itself calls it a high quality listening experience, so that sounds nice. The camera is a 3.2 megapixel without auto focus (seems like this isn’t really for Walkman phones). Screen is a QVGA TFT display with a 2 inch diagonal and is capable of showing up to 262.144 colors like the other phones. It’ll start shipping in Q1 in three colors: Espresso Black, Mocha Brown and Sparkling Silver. Price will end up around £320.

MD300 is a USB modem with HSDPA-support. It’s a plug’n’play modem, so all you have to do is plug it in and it should be ready to work. MD300 supports only the 3.6 mbps HSDPA, and not the faster 7.2 mbps. It supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS X. It’ll come in Q1.

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4 Responses

  1. cool phones really. any info on the flash lite versions they got? Perhaps 3.0? SE should be adoptong it asap.

  2. Hi Andraz,

    I’ve just check with Sony Ericsson, and it’s still only Flash Lite 2.0 in K660 & W890, and Flash Lite 1.1 in W380. However, I think they’ll announce some with Flash Lite 3.0 very soon, as they’ve done so with one or two of their Japanese models.

  3. Not having the newest flash on it, is not the best thing. Thing is, Adobe will be pushing hard to get the flash applications out there and since there is a major difference between 2.0, 2.1 an 3.0, SE should be aiming ASAP at the newest flash players or at least, offer downloadable upgrade solution.

  4. Fully agree with you on that one. But I’m confident that SE will announce something with Flash Lite 3.0 soon!

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