Sony Ericsson debuts W890i, W380i Walkman phones and K660i


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Sony Ericsson has taken the wraps off three swanky new handsets – the W890i slimline Walkman phone, the W380i Walkman flip model, and the web-friendly K660i.

The W890i is the successor to the W880i super-slim Walkman mobile, with an upgraded spec sheet that includes a 3.2-megapixel camera and new Walkman Player 3.0 software. It comes with a 2GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card supplied, capable of storing up to 1800 tracks, and an FM radio.

The W890i is a 3G HSDPA enabled phone offering mobile broadband speeds for over the air downloads and web surfing. The design has been refined with a more curved look and larger buttons, but it’s still just 9.9mm thin.

The W890i has all the usual 3G video calling, downloading and streaming capabilities plus a full web browser, and RSS support. TrackID software onboard enables user to indentify tunes and using links to Sony Ericsson’s Play Now download service buy and download them in seconds. Music can also be themed to your mood using SensMe software that arranges music by tempo and mood,

The K660i is another 3G HSDPA candybar handset that’s geared up for mobile web browsing. It offers landscape web browsing with shortcut keys that only become active when the browser is launched, and the phone’s navigation pad doubles up as a mouse style pointer in Web mode. The home screen comes with desktop RSS tickers that offer updates from your favourite web sites. Google Search and Google Maps for Mobile software is preloaded so users can keep tabs on their location.

Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, full 3G video calling, download and streaming, a multimedia player and an FM radio. A 256MB memory card is supplied in-box.

Sony Ericsson’s W380i is a new clamshell Walkman phone. The tri-band EDGE enable phone features Walkman Player software, external Walkman controls on top, a 512MB M2 card supplied in-box plus TrackID. It also incorporates new Gesture Control, for muting calls or silencing an alarm with a wave of your hand. A hidden external screen comes on with track info when the Walkman comes on. Other features include a 1.3-megapixel camera, an FM radio and, like the W890i and K660i, stereo Bluetooth.

Sony Ericsson says all three phones will be released in the first quarter of 2008. The company also confirmed that the W960i touchscreen Walkman smartphone, featuring 8GB of onboard memory and Wi-Fi, would start shipping this month.

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