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Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

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

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Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Satio

The 12-megapixel camera of the Sony Ericsson Satio will not manage to wow you with its interface or options. Just like on the OMNIA HD, interface elements appear in black and white and lack enough colors and zing. It delivers shooting presets, several different modes like Panorama, BestPic, smile detection and touch-focus to help you pick an object to focus on (similarly to the HTC Touch Pro2). The camera flash comes with red eye removal mode and the built-in GPS provides geotagging if you switch the option on. Unlike the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910, you don´t have the opportunity to capture videos in HD and the maximum resolution is VGA (640x480). Now, here are the snapshots we promised you would see later. Just keep in mind the device is early prototype, so we are withholding our comments on their quality.

Sony Ericsson Satio sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Satio


Strong light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Medium light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples




Music player - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Music player - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Music player - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Music player

Multimedia:

The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Satio reminds of the 2 year old W960, but still, we can see improvements have been made. As a whole, it is convenient to use, although settings like equalizer or sound effects are missing. The Satio sports an FM radio as well that kept freezing on us, so we could its rather simplified interface, but not the options it offers.

The video player interface looks quite nice with its large control keys. We couldn’t help the temptation and played several short videos… what we had in our hands was a 3.5-inch display after all. The prototype shows the final release should be able to play videos with quite good quality, delivering pleasing, saturated colors. Unfortunately, the phone is expected not to support DivX and Xvid content, but, you know, hope springs eternal…

Watching videos on the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Watching videos on the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Watching videos on the Sony Ericsson Satio



Expectations:

The Sony Ericsson Satio is expected to hit the shelves at the beginning of Q4 this year. There is still a lot of time until then, meaning quite many rival makes will certainly come out by then. The 12-megapixel Samsung Pixon12 has been announced and it should become available at the end of June or the beginning of July, plus the multimedia monster OMNIA HD i8910 is on the market already. And not to mention officials with LG have already dropped some hints on a 12-megapixel cell phone being in the pipeline. It won´t really come as a surprise if other manufacturers take on the market with similar models by the time the Satio has made it to the market. This means that we are probably about to witness one hell of a fight. We can´t wait to take the front seats and see what happens.


Sony Ericsson Satio Video Preview

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. aks316 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


waiting for it.. looks good.. specs are awesome.. this will give serious competition to the apple iPhone, Nokia n97, omnia hd, diamond 2, touch pro 2, blackberry storm, sony ericsson's own aino and Samsung pixon 12.. i will buy this phone if given a choice.. SE RULES!

posted on 13 Jun 2009, 00:39

2. SkyNet.TX (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


Wow! I can't wait to get my hands on this phone.i am looking forward to buy this phone.However its going to be expensive.I got to begin to save some money now.I luv every thing so far.I hope they put the equalizer.

posted on 15 Jun 2009, 12:13

3. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)


I do hope they install a 3.5mm jack later on......

posted on 16 Jun 2009, 20:01

4. Tsais (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Jun 2009)


The Satio's front looks more classy than the other phones, although I do wish they would quit using these humongous, clunky lens covers. . . When it comes to features, it becomes obvious why Sony Ericcson is loosing market share and paring down their work force. . . I don't know behind what rock their product managers are hiding behind... . its your top of the line device? . 1) give us headphone jacks (yeah, try not to annoy your customers with little shit for once) 2) give us HD recording, (beat Samsung with 30fps and better audio recording) 3) give us HDMI output and a wide variety of codec support. 4) lose that clunky lens cover and use the space for more battery 5) given that you're the Cybershot company, put a lil tripod attachment on the bottom! . For a Sony device (the one non-apple company with a long standing claim to specializing on supplying gear to the creative talent of the planet) This should definitely have HD video recording, (coming out a half a year after Samsung's i8910) Maybe a less obvious reason HD recording is so great, is cause its enough resolution to pull really nice stills from the footage. And stills pulled from video footage will often give you a capture of the very best moment, when you slow-mo through them in your video editor. . . So, Don't be lamers and many more people will buy your phones.

posted on 05 Oct 2009, 07:19

11. rineshbarway (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2009)


I do agree with you to some extent but not fully. I'd been using SE for long time, but switched over to Nokia 5800 for the reason obvious to all. SE has been living in denial for long time. They have even gave statement that nobody wants full touch screen without keypad (such a short sightedness). They had quite a head start as compared to Samsung and LG but they lost the advantage when they tried to impose on users their choices. Now things are getting back to where they should be. Satio is just an example of that. They are behind the competition in many fronts such as HD recording, 3.5 mm Jack and most importantly in innovation. Nobody wants to buy a new mobile just because it has got extra megapixels. One looks for features which are innovative and exciting, at the same time easy to use. They have got to get it right this time. Give what customer wants than give them what you think they want. And give them at the price they can afford. Be more competitive. I still feel that SE can recover from this mess but surely it will be their last chance.

posted on 09 Jul 2010, 10:35

14. htainlintha (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Hello please think like someone who knows a way to think a bit further..... Hello!! It needs lens cover and this lens cover is so much better than Nokia and Samsun( opps .....many doesn't have proper OS and lens cover like pixon 12). LOL 1) DOn't be stupid...as there's MW600 hifi bluetooth connector 2) It can record WVGA (864x480 resolutio @ 25fps which you can edit it to HD or go to Vivaz if you prefer HD recording with auto focus) P.S-Audio recording is completely fine 3) There's HDMI port for Satio ( Don't judge like an idoit cos someone will think you are an idoit) 4)Lens cover is so much better than Pixon 12 ( as it doesn't even have lens cover) 5) Who needs a tripod for phones(May I know if you are a handicapped person like born with no hands?) . . In conclusion, here it is (comparison of 12 mp camera phones) 1.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwrepHizha0 ( both are not updated phones, but Satio wins) 2.They got best camera phone awards in 2009 (http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/2009/11/06/satio-update-voted-best-camera-phone-in-sweden/ )

posted on 19 Jun 2009, 02:10

5. Andrewtst (Posts: 314; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Awaiting for Samsung Pixon 12. This prototype 12 mega pixel quality not impress me. The image quality is just so so. I can't judge on it since it is prototype. Wish SE look more on it and final product will give us wow, don't only up the mega pixel but not the quality of the lens.

posted on 22 Jun 2009, 15:39

6. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


yeah everyone wants a nice camera on their phone (2+ mgp) i have 5 on mine look at how expensive the memoir is w/o contract the full retail $500 yeah cuz that is real affordable but 12? come on that is taking it a little to far dont u think S.E.? really who needs that who knows how expensive this will be.........

posted on 28 Jun 2009, 13:21

7. deepak_nr (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 May 2009)


They call it Entertainment Unlimited and it neither has a 3.5 music jack nor usb micro, not to mention lack of music equalizer.

posted on 09 Jul 2010, 10:27

13. htainlintha (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Use a connector or buy a MW600 wifi 3.5 headphone if you can afford.... don't talk like an idoit there's an equalizer you can download from official site. Man you are sooo noob.

posted on 20 Jul 2009, 14:17

8. darci (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2009)


Hey everyone, does anybody know if there's a confirmed release date for the Satio? I just heard about this phone the other day and I'm way excited for it. I've been trying to upgrade to a next-generation phone for awhile now, but hadn't found one I really wanted until I saw the info video for it (which you can see athttp://modestcomplexity.blogspot.com/2009/07/satio_17.html). I really think this is finally a phone that's not just a poor man's attempt at an iPhone - a 12 megapixel camera alone is already better than my normal digi cam! And not that this really makes the phone any better, but I really dig the song in the info video, "Under Control" by Rootbeer. It's fun, fit the whole image well, and still doesn't come across like one of those iPod commercials.

posted on 31 Jul 2009, 12:09

9. edoftech (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jul 2009)


i have had a play on this device, and it was very nice, a few lagging issues withthe keyboard when switching from portait to lanscape, it doesn't automatic switch from mini qwerty to full qwerty, which is a shame but hopefully they should update that before the release, but the typing is really good, almost as good as on the htc magic

posted on 29 Sep 2009, 05:52

10. mfong (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2009)


I called the Sony Style store in my area and asked if they're going to receive the Satio. They said that they never even heard of it before. I know the release date is next week, but I can't find it for the US.

posted on 05 Oct 2009, 07:21

12. rineshbarway (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2009)


PSP phone will be a killer. I am waiting for it and purhaps many like me.

posted on 09 Jul 2010, 10:51

15. mobilegeek (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jul 2010)


Wow...man I love this phone this is my best phone in 2009 :), I choose this over Pixon 12 despite its display and wider lens. They don't have much difference. Moreover, Pixon 12 has no proper lens cover, no proper OS and ugly UI :'(. I love this Satio 16:9 nHD ( which does better in direct sunlight) with proper OS and proper lens cover. For more update of google voice maps, go to m.googlemaps.com from your phone there's voice command in google maps. Super koollllll XD

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Sony Ericsson Satio

Sony Ericsson Satio

OS: Symbian Symbian^1
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Display3.5 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (210 ppi) TFT
Camera12.1 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.41 x 2.17 x 0.52 inches
(112 x 55 x 13.3 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery950 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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