CTIA 2005 Live coverage
Sony Ericsson Booth
Sony Ericsson did not introduce any new phones during the CTIA show. On the other hand, we had some time to play with the w800 Walkman and the K750i phones. According to the company, the w800 is just the first device which will bear the trademark Walkman. With tentative availability scheduled for Q3 of 2005, the w800 is the first product from Sony Ericsson which is specially engineered to bring legendary Walkman performance to the wireless phone's arena. Sony Ericsson made it clear that they have no intention to enter the dedicated music arena, but with their Walkman line of products want to capture the occasional music listener and have made sure that they live up to the Walkman's expectation. The w800 is capable of holding about 30 hours of music (comes with 512 Mb of memory stick Pro Duo) or about 10-16 music CD or about 175 songs. The version we say was an early engineering prototype, and did not have the proprietary Walkman software installed. The w800 package will include also music ripping software, so the user will be able to rip their Music CD collections or convert iTunes songs to MP3 or AAC. Sony Ericsson w800 is currently not compatible with Sony's online music store called Connect, but the company plans to make the future devices Connect capable. The w800 features several dedicated music buttons for play, stop, skip track etc. If while you are listening to music voice call comes through, the music will fade out and the user will be able to take the call.
In addition to the Walkman software and experience, the w800 will feature 2.0 mega pixel digital camera with Auto Focus. Currently, there is only 900/1800/1900 version planned. The w800 is Bluetooth capable, but according to the company the current version does not support Media streaming, so you will not be able to listen the music on your Bluetooth headset, but rather will have to use a corded solution.
Sony Ericsson w800 front and rear.
K750 was announced on March 1st. The upgrade to the K700 phone, K750 is the same size, but has color screen with 262,000 (compared to the 65,000 of the K700). The camera has been upped from VGA to 2.0 mega pixel one with Auto Focus. Memory Stick expansion slot is also present in the K750. Other features are tri-band GSM operation, 32mb of internal memory, JAVA, Infrared and Radio. The phone is expected to be available Q2 2005.
|Sony Ericsson K750|
Sony Ericsson J300 is the only GSM phone of the four which were announced March 1, which is aimed at the North American market. The J300 is entry level model with changeable faceplates and features 65k display, 12Mb of internal memory, dual-band GSM operation (850/1900 Mhz) and 3D Java games. It should be available in Q2 of 2005.
|Sony Ericsson J300|
Sony Ericsson K300 is a mid-range tri-band GSM phone. A North American and European versions will be available. The main features of the K300 are 65k display, VGA camera with 10Mb of built-in memory, Music and Video players, JAVA and WAP. It is expected to be available Q2 2005 in Europe and Q3 in North America.
|Sony Ericsson K300|
We previewed several 3G (UMTS) devices which are capable to work in the US as GSM phones, but the 3G functionality is limited only to 2100 Mhz networks which are mainly in Europe (UMTS 3G networks in the US will work on 1900).
The first one is the K600 and it one of the smallest 3G handsets on the market. It features tri-band GSM plus UMTS capabilities. 1.3 mega pixel camera, TFT 262k display, 37 MB of shared memory are some of the goodies Sony Ericsson has included with this phone.
|Sony Ericsson K600|
Z800 has been available in the UK since November 2004 and has received the Best UMTS phone 2004 from the GSM Association. Its main features are tri-band GSM operation, video calling, MP3 player, 1.3 mega pixel camera, 176 x 220 internal display with 262k colors and 101 x 80 pixels external one.