We were present at the Sony Ericsson global announcement in New Delhi and well, we have a present for you – the first impressions and live pictures of the two Radio phones that have been designed and made for India! Both the phones support Am and FM radio, a first for the Indian market (and probably European and American markets as well). Moreover, both will be priced in the range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000, which makes them quite desirable.
Without wasting any more words, let’s just get going with the meaty details.
R300: The first edge that Sony Ericsson has over its competition is the looks. Despite being in the entry-level segment, the R300 looks smart and you won’t have to ‘hide’ your low cost phone in front of others. The materials used seem pretty sturdy and it doesn’t appear that Sony Ericsson has compromised in this to save on production costs. The most interesting aspect is the back of the phone that has dedicated keys for the radio function. Still under development, the sales pack will come with an antenna attachment that won’t require headsets to be plugged in to receive radio signals. There is a dedicated key between the volume rocker and pop port that enhances the sound output in loudspeaker mode. The R300 will be the more affordable one of the two. The only downside that we could judge at the moment is the tiny D-pad that is a bit tricky to use.
101 x 46 x 12 mm
R306: This is the one that impressed us the most. The R306 has to be the prettiest low-end clamshell phone that we have ever seen. The dedicated radio buttons on the front are complimented by a small LED display that either shows the radio station details or the caller details. However, the metallic surface is prone to fingerprints. Like the R300, the pop port and the dedicated audio enhancer key are placed on the side. The keypad is a bit unusual as the circular keys don’t seem to provide any tactile feel. Overall, the R306 is a pretty phone that we expect to be launched at a pretty affordable price.
90 x 48 x 16 mm
1.3 megapixel camera
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