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Sony Ericsson K530 Preview

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Our Sony Ericsson K530 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
As phonearena.com announced earlier, in June Sony Ericsson (SE) announced 6 new models. One of them was the Sony Ericsson K530 and its emergence was meant to substitute the “predecessor” K510 in the mid product range of the company.

One must bear in mind that this is a prototype rather than an end product, so the manufacturer is likely to make some changes until the final variant appears on the market.


Design:

Sony Ericsson K530 is a standard candybar and is offered in two color variations – Warm Silver (our unit was that color type) and Thunder Black. The difference between both is the coloration of the keypad and the side part of the phone, as well as the area round the camera.

Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Sony Ericsson K530 Preview


Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Left - SE P1, Right - SE K530 - Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Up - SE P1, Down - SE K530 - Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
 

Left - SE P1, Right - SE K530

Up - SE P1, Down - SE K530

While keeping almost the same weight as K510 (92 gr. / 3.2 oz), the device has “slimmed” and even gained a number of additional options. Its dimensions (102 x 46 14 mm / 4 x 1.8 x 0.5 in) allows for putting it into the jacket or jeans pocket without any bulging.

The display is 2 inch, with resolution of 176 x 220 pixels and 262 144 colors, a very wide visibility angle, and the images are well saturated and contrasting, which makes them decently visible even at bright daylight. It has the same colors like the K510, but with better screen resolution.

Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Sony Ericsson K530 Preview

The control buttons and the numeric keypad are situated below the display, evenly backlit in white, so one can see them well in a dark environment. One cannot escape noticing that, as in most new models of the company, there is a five-position navigation button here, instead of a joystick. Despite of the fact that the numeric keys are tightly set next to each other, it will be hard to press several of them simultaneously because of their step-like positioning and the distance between the columns.


The camera buttons and those for volume control are on the right side, and the slot for the memory card is on the left. The On/Off key is on the top – a situation that has already become standard for Sony Ericsson as well.

Right side - Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Left side - Sony Ericsson K530 Preview

Right side

Left side

Upper panel - Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Lower side - Sony Ericsson K530 Preview

Upper panel

Lower side


Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
Sony Ericsson K530 Preview
The camera is on the back of the phone. Apart from it and the socket for an external aerial, you will not find anything else here. The lack of a mirror will be an unpleasant surprise when attempting to take pictures of yourself. The lens is laid flat on the back panel without any sort of lid for dust, fingerprint, or even shock protection.

The second, video conversation camera, is reasonably located on the front of the phone, right below the initial part of the “Sony Ericsson” inscription above the screen.

When held in your hand, the phone feels comfortably. The plastic on the back has a coating meant to prevent the unit from slipping or possibly dropping it.

We noticed that the back lid, covering the battery, is slightly playing and even changing its position. However, we must take into consideration that this is only a prototype, not a final version of the device, so the manufacturer is still in the process of eliminating various drawbacks.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Maxx (unregistered)


Screen resolution is not 176x220!!! Is it really hard to go for a sec on SE site and check it out, especially when you put a link to their site. Bye

posted on 01 Aug 2007, 03:47

2. Not Maxx (unregistered)


Check this site and speak again -http://developer.sonyericsson.com/site/global/products/phonegallery/k530/p_k530.jsp

posted on 02 Aug 2007, 00:29

3. sandeep (unregistered)


I missed the rating out of 10 that you sometimes give for reception strength. Also lately it seems that sony-ericsson is putting pressure on you people so that you dont come out with a full review. Seems like sony-ericsson knows its phone still lag on that front.

posted on 02 Aug 2007, 11:40

4. Maxx (unregistered)


Sorry buddy, now it is 176x220. I swear it was 240x320 earlier. Point for you!!! Bye

posted on 06 May 2008, 11:55

5. Vlad (unregistered)


I shall buy it soon nice cell phone

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Display2.0 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (141 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.01 x 1.81 x 0.55 inches
(102 x 46 x 14 mm)
3.24 oz  (92 g)
Battery950 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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