Sony Ericsson launches new Walkman phones and more

Sony Ericsson has announced a range of new phones, including a new version of its Walkman music phone.

Responding to demand for ultra-thin designs, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications has announced a new Walkman music phone -- its slimmest handset yet. The product is one of several announced Tuesday ahead of the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona next week.

The W880 packs music features into its 9.4 millimeter-thin mobile phone design: the handset comes preloaded with Walkman Player 2.0, Disc2Phone music management and TrackID music recognition applications. A 1G-byte Memory Stick Micro (M2) card, capable of storing up to 900 tunes, is included in the box.

The handset also features a 1.8-inch QVGA, 262k TFT (thin-film transistors) display, a 2 megapixel camera and the Bluetooth Music Receiver MBR-100 system. This discreet accessory uses short-range wireless technology to stream music from the user's phone directly to a home or car stereo, using the phone as a remote control to alter the volume or skip through tracks.

In addition, the phone provides a flight mode for use on airplanes and is equipped with a battery capable of playing music up to 20 hours or offering 6.5 hours of talk time.

The W880 music phone is based on the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) standard and supports both the GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and 3G (third-generation) technologies. It offers a range of communication services, such as a push e-mail, Web surfing and video streaming.

Sony Ericsson will also provide a GSM variant of the Walkman music phone, the W88, without video telephony capability, for the Chinese market.

A slightly larger Walkman phone, minus a few features, is the W610.

The W880 music phone will be available in Australia in March and will sell for $899, with the W610 to follow in the second quarter.

Among the other new products is a series of low-end, easy-to-use handsets, which Sony Ericsson calls "candy bar" phones.

The K200 phone has a camera and a central navigation key to give one-click access to key features. The K220, another camera phone, has an integrated FM radio, which can store up to 10 stations.

The J110 and J120 phones, which lack a camera, offer large legible keys and easy navigation.

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