Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Finally, we´ve got the Sony Ericsson Satio in our hands! Well, this is not a final, retail unit, but rather an early prototype. That is why we are coming up with a preview, without passing final judgment. Still, we are more than happy to take a peek at what we will officially have in Q4 this year and can´t wait to get down to the testing. Let´s just first fill you in on the background of the Sony Ericsson Satio though. Actually, Satio is the official name of the device that was, initially, announced as the Sony Ericsson Idou at MWC 2009. It´s advertised as the company´s first all-in-one multimedia cell phone and is to lend some color to their range. It is their first one in their lineup to feature 12-megapixel camera (with xenon flash) and run Symbian S60 (although, it was initially announced as a Symbian Foundation OS gadget). Other nice features include 3.5-inch, touch sensitive screen with 360x640 pixel resolution and delivers 16 mln. colors at cinematic 16:9 ratio, Wi-Fi functionality, built-in GPS etc. Cool, isn’t it? Can it pose a threat and be worthy adversary of the other all-in-one devices on the market?


Sporting a 3.5-inch resistive, touch sensitive screen means you can´t expect the Sony Ericsson Satio to be a small device, but its size is pretty OK with us, given the functionality it delivers. It´s interesting to notice that despite it looks rather bulky, the phone feels light in your hand and we hope this stays the same when the retail version comes out. Like the Samsung OMNIA HD and Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, there are only three buttons on the front side – send and end, along with a third one that´s located right between the latter and pressing it gets you to either the main menu or task manager. The light sensor that automatically controls screen brightness, video call camera, proximity sensor and LED indicator are aligned around the earpiece.

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Satio with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Both microSD card slot and standard, for the manufacturer, charger port (instead of microUSB) are on the left hand side, while camera shutter, mode switcher and gallery access buttons are clearly visible on the opposite side. Volume rocker is used to zoom in and out on things as well. Completely in character of Sony Ericsson, you really get the feeling as if operating digital camera while taking pictures with the phone upright in your hand. We would have liked to see a 3.5mm jack on the device, but again and in character of the brand, we will have to make do with a converter.

The upper back of the phone is slightly bulging, because the 12 megapixel, xenon flash camera is hidden under a sliding cover right there. Aside from the flash, there is LED light to help camera focus objects more easily. We need to point out the second you slide the cover open, both a small indicator right below the camera and the shutter itself start blinking in bright blue, which reminds us of the Cyber-shot lineup again. Naturally, we couldn’t help taking several pictures and you can see them under the camera and multimedia section of this preview. Before we get there, let´s first take a look at the interface that powers the Sony Ericsson Satio.

Sony Ericsson Satio 360 Degres View:

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1. aks316

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 24, 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!

2. SkyNet.TX

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 12, 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.

3. dorky24

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

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

4. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 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.

11. rineshbarway

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

14. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 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 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. ( both are not updated phones, but Satio wins) 2.They got best camera phone awards in 2009 ( )

5. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

6. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 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.........

7. deepak_nr

Posts: 26; Member since: May 31, 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.

13. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

8. darci

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 20, 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 at 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.

9. edoftech

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 30, 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

10. mfong

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

12. rineshbarway

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2009

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

15. mobilegeek

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 09, 2010 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 from your phone there's voice command in google maps. Super koollllll XD
  • Display 3.5" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Storage 0.128 GB
  • Battery 950 mAh(4.83h 3G talk time)

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