Sony Ericsson K530 Preview

Introduction and Design
As 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.


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.

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.

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.

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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