Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman mobile phone (preview)
Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman: The Walkman brand is back
- Zappin music feature
- Corner user interface
- No 3G
- No third party apps
- Limited internal memory
Sony Ericsson's Mix Walkman is an entry level pre-paid mobile phone that aims to revive the Walkman brand. Surprisingly, Sony Ericsson has opted to use its own, proprietary operating system on the Mix Walkman, meaning you won't have access to third-party apps.
Sony Ericsson has decided to resurrect its once dominant Walkman mobile phone brand, but surprisingly opts for its own, proprietary operating system on the new Mix Walkman handset.
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The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman is a budget phone that will be targeted at pre-paid users. On paper, the Mix Walkman a very unremarkable product: there is no 3G connectivity, limited internal memory and no real standout features.
Sony Ericsson claims the Mix Walkman's "Zappin" feature gives a new twist to music playback. The phone comes with a Zappin key that will preview the chorus of the next track when pressed, and the music player also includes a karaoke function that will lower the vocal track from any song.
The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman has a 3in touchscreen with a resolution of 240x400, and the interface looks similar to the XPERIA X10 Mini. It features four shortcuts on each corner of the home screen for quick access and is described by Sony Ericsson as a "corner user interface".
In addition to its Walkman music function, the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, and features a 3.2-megapixel camera that doubles as a video recorder. The look and feel of the phone can also be personalised with different exchangeable colour bands.
The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman will be available in selected markets from Q3, but an Australian release date has not been announced.
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