Sony Ericsson W8: welcome the first Walkman phone on Android

Sony Ericsson W8: welcome the first Walkman phone on Android

We've heard rumors about it, but itwasn't quite sure up until now – the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman phoneon Android is here. Sony Ericsson has obviously decided to try andcontinue its Walkman lineup years after the Walkman series walkedtheir walk. The W8 was announced on the company's Indonesian websiteleaving some doubt over its global availability, but even if itreaches the North American market don't expect any technologicalrevolutions. So far, the company has plans to launch the W8 in the second quarter of the year across a number of Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and India.



The handset carries the design accentsof an XPERIA X8 save for the addition of fresh colors (the phone comes in Azure Blue, Metallic Red and Iconic Orange flavors), but under the hood there is amodest 600MHz processor which powers the almost ancient Android 2.1garnished with Timescape. The W8 has a 3-inch capacitive touchscreenwith resolution of 320 x 480. A 3.2-megapixel camerawith no flash will serve your photography needs, but theW8 aims to bring the focus on music so we expect to see above averagespeakers in the handset.



source: Sony Ericsson (translated)via GSM Arena




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W8 Walkman
  • Display 3.0" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.128 GB + microSDHC

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17 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Isn't every phone well almost every phone now a music player? I really don't see this selling to well. I would rather get a top of the line phone & go out and get a sweet pair of Skull Candy headphones & be set. Maybe they are targeting the low end market because to release a phone with 2.1 Éclair is not for the mainstream smart phone user. This phone better be like $49.99 with a 2 year contract. Maybe at this price point it will sell.......maybe!

8. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

its not just about music player. SE's walkman phones are known for having a advanced audio chipset in them.

2. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

It looks really thick, is this not meant for the pocket? Oh I see, Sony is bringing back the rest-on-the-shoulder boombox. Just needs to come with a flat-top haircut, huge sunglasses, fake gold necklace, and the 1980's decade.

4. bob unregistered

I don't think this is for heavy weight American's use, since it is a Asian only market. But really, the thickness of this phone suit rich people in the west!

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What on Earth are you talking about? What is your point?

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont think its that thick.. its only a 3 inch screen so its quite small. this isnt coming to america. it wouldnt sell. Im pretty sure its meant for the cheaper markets of asia and india where many people cant afford iphones and high end androids.

11. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Americans buy high end androids or smartphones just because we get for cheaper with carrier contract. Will you buy an iphone if its costs $600???????????

16. Android x8 unregistered

yeah cheap phone.. u come and live here.. i want u buy an iphone at cost $2500

3. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Fail...

5. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

Yeah... I was waiting for the official pics of it. Sooth to say, It is the X8 but with some exclusive features. But I can't understand SE... Why have they chosen Eclair? Why? Nevertheless, there will be an announcement of the Mango (SK17i) soon, with Gingerbread on the board.

7. cyborg unregistered

Same specs with X8, I won't buy. Should be like this, I wished: X8 design, android 2.2 or 2.3, dedicated music buttons, advanced audio chipset, one or two stereo speakers, lower-mid range price = win. But no, SE did not put much effort on W8 besides the colored back covers. My alternative would be Optimus Me or Galaxy Mini. Your thoughts?

10. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

I'm a SE lover but 3 inches screen is not good for an android device. Hate this

12. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

If this had a bigger display, 32GB built in + microSD expansion, AND music playback hardware controls on it, I'd be all over this like fat kid on cupcake.

13. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

We need to put a stop to these stupid low end android devices. they delay most android updated sheesh! google open your eyes!

14. Senthil_CM unregistered

SE again introduced same-old-looking design phone in Walkman series.... Nothing special.... I really HATE this.

15. r2212xx

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

It's a nice phone. Not bad. It may not be ground breaking but then even iPhone has been the same since the iPhone 1 with only minor changes here and there for every version. In fact i feel it is really a good news for Walkman fans who wanted the flexibility of Android and the splendid music output of Walkman together.

17. Umesh.Hs unregistered

can't I update my w8 os from andriod to 2.2 to 2.3 pls help me?

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