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Sony Ericsson W980

Announced
Feb 10, 2008
Market status
Released
Release date
Jul 14, 2008

Pros

  • Small dimensions (3.62 x 1.81 x 0.66 inches inches)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.66 inches inches)
  • Lacks a standard (3.5mm) headphones jack
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment

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Description

The high-end Walkman Sony Ericsson W980 comes with 8GB of integrated memory, FM tuner that can work without headset and FM transmitter, for broadcasting music indoors. It is a quad-band GSM clamshell with music keys on the front, featuring QVGA display, 3.2 megapixel camera and Walkman Player with Shake control.

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Design

  • Form factor:
    • Clamshell
  • Dimensions:
    • 3.62 x 1.81 x 0.66 inches (92 x 46 x 16.9 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.53 oz (100 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Design features:
    • Music control keys, Soft keys (2)
  • Side Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key, Other

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.2 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 182 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 262 144
  • Additional display:

    Additional display - Shows specs of the phone's additional display

      • Color, TFT
    • Resolution:

      Resolution - Refers to the width and the length od the additional display

      • 176 x 176 pixels
    • Colors:

      Colors - Shows the number of colors that the additional display supports

      • 262 144

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 3.2 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Digital zoom
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Yes

Hardware

  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 9.00 hours
      the average is 12 h (746 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 12.5 days (300 hours)
      the average is 21 days (502 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 3.50 hours
      the average is 13 h (769 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 12.5 days (300 hours)
      the average is 21 days (502 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 16.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 930 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Polymer

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, 3GPP, RealVideo 8
  • Radio:
      • FM, RDS, FM Transmiter

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • Access NetFront Browser, RSS Feeds

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • 1000 entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calculator, Timer, Stopwatch, Notes, Alarm, To-Do, Calendar
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, Predictive text input (T9), MMS
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
  • JAVA:

    JAVA - J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) is a technology that allows programmers to use the Java programming language and related tools to develop programs for mobile wireless information devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). J2ME consists of programming specifications and a special virtual machine, the K Virtual Machine, that allows a J2ME-encoded program to run in the mobile device.

      • Midp 2.0, CLDC 1.1
  • Games:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
    • Profiles:
      • Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Dial-up networking (DUN), File Transfer (FTP), Object Push (OPP), Generic Access (GAP), Serial Port (SPP), Service Discovery Application (SDAP), Human Interface Device (HID), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Basic Imaging (BIP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Synchronization (SP), Bluetooth Network Encapsulation Protocol (BNEP), Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP), Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP), Phone Book Access (PBAP)
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Charging connector:
    • Proprietary
  • Other:
    • Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 17 Jun 2008
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        PY7A3052091 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 0.72 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 0.86 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 10 Feb 2008
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