Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Something is about to surface from the labs...." has posted a teaser of sorts on its front page proclaiming that something is about to come out the labs. Is this UIQ 4.0? Is it new UIQ phones? The timing would be correct with the earlier rumors that SE is planning some good high end devices to be announced in September. Will this be the final set of UIQ devices before SE switches to the Symbian Foundation platform? Time will tell.....

Meanwhile check out the following links for the future of UIQ.

Friday, August 22, 2008

TM506 video previews

MobileBurn and PhoneScoop have both put up video previews of the newly announced TM506 for T-Mobile USA. Check it out



JavaOne Video update

The JavaOne video from earlier this year has been reuploaded in higher quality by Xellar. We see the mysterious 3-way slider from SE. Is this just a concept or will this be an actually handset? Only time will tell.

TM506 introduced to T-Mobile USA

The TM506 was introduced to T-Mobile USA as its first HSDPA phone. It also marks a 5 year hiatus of SE phones on T-Mobile USA. The last SE phone on T-Mobile USA was the T610 in 2003.

Sony Ericsson Expands U.S. Carrier Channels with T-Mobile Partnership, Unveils New Handset

21 August 2008

TM506 is First Sony Ericsson Handset to Support T-Mobile's AWS Spectrum

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – August 21, 2008 – Sony Ericsson today announced the expansion of its carrier channels in the U.S. to include wireless leader T-Mobile USA, starting with the launch of the TM506 in early September. Sony Ericsson will now reach more than 31 million wireless subscribers through this partnership. The TM506, Sony Ericsson’s first handset supporting T-Mobile’s AWS spectrum (1700/2100), is a compact and stylish clamshell phone that delivers an exceptional Web experience in an eye-catching design.

"The TM506 not only signifies Sony Ericsson's expanding U.S. portfolio of handsets, but more importantly, that we have forged a strong and promising relationship with T-Mobile,” said Najmi Jarwala, president of Sony Ericsson North America. "With the launch of the TM506 with T-Mobile, Sony Ericsson is positioned to offer more choice of mobile handsets for a broader range of U.S. consumer segments at a variety of price points."

"T-Mobile continues its 3G network deployment across the country, and we're pleased to leverage Sony Ericsson's 3G handset experience to help deliver the benefits of our next-generation network to our customers," said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. "The Sony Ericsson TM506 is a compelling, feature-rich phone with a vibrant display that our customers will enjoy using to connect with the important people in their lives."

TM506 – Stay Connected in Style

  • Style and elegance
  • Compact power
  • Connect without limits

Style and elegance
With an all around eye catching design, the TM506 was created for on-the-go consumers who want to express personal style with a feature-rich handset fully loaded for a multimedia experience. Users can reflect their personal fashion sense, choosing between Chrome with Amber or Emerald highlights with a sleek ebony gloss.

Compact power
The TM506 proves that good things come in small packages. Its compact design fits into any pocket, purse or briefcase for consumers on the move. An outer display allows users to glance at the caller ID without having to open the phone, and the compact handset is packed with 3G download speeds for faster access (in select markets) to media and content viewing anytime, anywhere. Users can store their favorite tracks and share music with their friends using the removable Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™). Plus, it's easy to keep up with the latest news and weather information with customizable Web feeds.

Connect without limits
Users can capture and share special moments as photos or video clips with a 2.0 megapixel camera with My Album, slide show and video blogging capability. Stereo Bluetooth® connectivity allows hands-free wireless calls and with Bluetooth® stereo headphones, users can hear their favorite music the way it was meant to be heard.

A built-in GPS navigation feature in the TM506 along with the Telenav® application from T-Mobile allows users to always know their location. T-Mobile consumers have numerous messaging and communication options such as sending pictures, videos, IM notes and email from their TM506 to their faves from the homescreen with T-Mobile myFaves®.

The TM506 will be available in early September at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at

TM506 Phone At-A-Glance

    • Weight: 3.4 ounces, including battery (approx.)
    • Size: 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.69 inches (approx.)
    • Talk Time: Up to 9.5 hours GSM; up to 3.5 hours UMTS (approx.)
    • Standby Time: Up to 250 hours GSM, up to 250 hours UMTS (approx.)
    • 2.0 Megapixel Camera
    • Media Center
    • aGPS Built-in
    • TeleNav® Navigator
    • RSS Feeds
    • MyFaves-enabled
    • Audio Postcard
    • Quicksend
    • Mobile Backup (T-Mobile Address Book)
    • Bluetooth® 2.0 / A2DP / Stereo streaming
    • Tri-Band GSM (850/1800/1900)
    • Dual-Band UMTS (1700/2100 & 2100)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pavel Zentrich (Sony Ericsson Russia): something about Walkmans, UIQ, Sagem and Xperia...

Smape has a put up a interview with Pavel Zentrich from SE Russia. Some key notes from the interview

  • Dedicate audio chips seem unnecessary for SE, especially with the Clear Audio Experience Technology
  • Walkman phones will probably never get built in 3.5 mm headphone jacks. The adapter route seems a lot more logical to SE especially in terms of answering the phone while listening to music. Plus all Walkphones come bundled with an adapter so it is at no extra cost to the consumer.
  • The X1 will be the only XPERIA phone this year. Next year we will see more high end devices and possibly a more affordable candybar XPERIA phone.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Smape previews C905 has put up a preview of the upcoming C905. Overall they like it. It's in a class by itself in terms of price and features and will likely be a great seller. Follow the link for the full preview


Friday, August 8, 2008

Mobile Review C905 Sample pics

Eldar Murtazin over at Mobile Review has posted his English C905 sample pics. They are pretty good for a proto and we get confirmation finally that it uses a Sony Exmor CMOS camera sensor similar to the Japanese SO905iCS except more megapixels.


Sony Ericsson's Wake up call

Michell Bak/Mizzle over at USEB has put together a little editorial on the state of Sony Ericsson. I agree 100% with what he says about the company and how over the years they have gone from being an innovator to falling behind. Hopefully with the new president, Hideki (Dick) Komiyama, beginning in late 2008 we shall see the company turn around to what it used to be and greater.

Someone needs a wakeup call…

Sony Ericsson TM506, first HSDPA T-Mobile phone

Sony Ericsson is coming back to T-Mobile USA after a 5 year hiatus. They are releasing the HSDPA TM506 on September 3. This is a branded version of the Z780.

  • 2.0 megapixel camera
  • Tri-band 850/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Dual-band UMTS/HSDPA 1700/2100
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • microSD slot
  • Video recording
  • IM

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sony Ericsson T700 Remi announced

Sony Ericsson announces the slim and elegant T700 - a phone that shines above the rest

07 August 2008 London, UK – August 7, 2008 – Shine with the new Sony Ericsson T700, a phone with slim elegance that will help you stand out from the crowd. This flawless phone combines timeless design and premium features for the mainstream market. Snap a great shot with the 3.2 megapixel camera and share it with your friends on your blog or web page. Boogie to the beat from the exquisite sound of the built-in stereo speakers, or through your phone’s colour-matched headset.

Be the envy of your friends with the T700. Building on the heritage of the style icon Sony Ericsson T610, the T700 has the robust set of must-have features that you’d expect from a Sony Ericsson phone - but with the slim elegance that takes centre stage in a premium handset. At just 10mm thin this phone has a timeless yet fresh Sony Ericsson design and is complete with a 3.2megapixel camera and self-portrait mirror - ideal for those who are always well groomed and take pride in their appearance and possessions.

“Become a real head turner with the T700” said Sven Totté, Head of Marketing for the design category at Sony Ericsson. “Sleek and shiny, the slim elegance of the T700 gives users a premium experience at a mid-range price point - perfect for the design conscious. Everyone who bought and adored the iconic T610 will be keen to get their hands on the new T700.”

The T700 is the quick way to add more emotion when you’re in motion. Download film clips and view in vivid colours thanks to the 2” TFT display.

The new T700
Hey, good looking

  • The perfect slim elegant phone – slick stick design with premium metal finish
  • 3.2 megapixel camera – snap a great shot and share with your friends via your blog or web page
  • High quality stereo speakers – share your music with friends
  • Colour matched headset – colour co-ordinate your accessories with your phone
  • High speed sharing – via the operator network or Bluetooth™
  • 512MB memory card memory in box – and even more to expand
  • 2” TFT display – add more emotion when you’re in motion, download film clips and view in vivid colours

The T700 is a slim elegant phone for the mass market – whether you want a phone that looks good or one that is perfect to show off in an important business meeting.

The T700 is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 2100 phone that will be available in selected markets in the colours Black on Silver, Black on Red and Shining Silver from early Q4 of 2008


Monday, August 4, 2008

Sony Ericsson Announces Titanium Silver C902 for Quantum of Solace

Sony Ericsson has announced the limited edition Titanium Silver C902, Bond's phone of choice in the next James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. Basically this is the same sort of LE run seen 2 years earlier with the Casino Royale Silver K800i. The differences between the normal C902 and the Titanium Silver are what is preloaded on the phone and memory card.

**Content pre-loaded onto the phone:

* Welcome message
* Dynamic screensavers
* Static and dynamic wallpapers
* James Bond mobile theme
* QUANTUM OF SOLACE movie trailer

Content pre-loaded onto the memory stick:

* Newswraps x 3 (behind the scenes interviews and footage from the movie and it’s stars)
* Wallpapers x 5
* Screensaver x 1
* Activision trailer
* “Top Agent” game

Click on the link to read the full press release


Sunday, August 3, 2008 hands on video preview of XPERIA X1 has posted a nice video preview of the upcoming Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1.

Stuff TV video reviews the C905 posted a quick Sony Ericsson C905 review on YouTube. It looks very nice but they have a problem with the size and weight. I personally like larger, heavier phones and this is probably going to be my next phone.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Sony Ericsson C905 vs Nokia N95 8GB

These pics from USEB are a nice comparison between the SE C905 and Nokia N95-8GB. The C905 looks very sexy.

10MP Camera phone announced in May 2009

Sony Ericsson is planning on announcing a 10MP Cybershot phone with 3x optical zoom in May 2009 for a June/July 2009 release. This will be the last upgraded Megapixel phone from SE. After that they will concentrate on Hardware and Optics. It is nice to see SE make announcement/release dates closer together. People get tired if they have to wait 4-6 months to get the phone after it has been announced.

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