Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

SEMC Blog has put up a prediction for 2009. I like the part about more Cybershots. A QWERTY, Blackberry form factor, Xenon Flash, 3G Cybershot would be a great.

SEMC Blog wants to wish you a Happy New Year! And let the new 2009 bring you only pleasant surprises! Sony Ericsson also prepared some pleasant surprises for us. Some of them will be released very soon - in February, others will be released later. Cyber-shot portfolio will be significantly increased. Cyber-shot portfolio got new form-factors, touch-screens, 12-Megapixel cameras and optical zoom! Walkman portfolio also got some updates. I would like to highlight a new Walkman 4.0. It will be real surprise. I would say, that new Walkman 4.0 supported themes. Yeah! This feature has Walkman 2.0, but in version 3.0 it was removed. At the beginning of the year will be released Brittany - W380’s successor with small external screen and special music keys. Other sub-brands also got updates: S302 will have a successor in Snapshot portfolio. F305 will have a gaming-successor. Z555 also will have a successor: stylish emotional clamshell with small external screen. This clamshell will be next phone of Maria Sharapova. But there are also two bad sides of 2009 year. First bad side is, that Sony Ericsson already cancelled some phones for 2009. About them we will talk later. Second bad side is well-known copy-paste strategy. In 2009 Sony Ericsson will announced two special-versions of F305: one music version and one imaging version. I hope, that 2009 year will be a good year for Sony Ericsson company. Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

SE ditching HTC for Mobinnova for next XPERIA

Looks like the XPERIA X1 was the first and last HTC/SE collaboration. The next XPERIA device (X2?) will be produced by Mobinnova

Sony Ericsson plans to outsource its second Windows Mobile-based smartphone to Taiwan-based Mobinnova, a handset maker under Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), instead of cooperating with its current production partner High Tech Computer (HTC), according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Although Sony Ericsson is believed to continue expanding its lineup of Windows Mobile-based smartphones, the company's partnership with HTC will come to an end when the current production of Xperia X1 handsets completes its business circle, the paper quoted industry sources as indicating.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

C905a approved by FCC

The FCC approved the C905a. This the QuadBand GSM, Triband UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100 version that AT&T users in the USA have been waiting for. Look for it to be released in a couple of weeks.

PDF User Guide

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sony Ericsson joins Open Handset Alliance, Android phone in the works

Sony Ericsson has officially announced that it is joining the Open Handset Alliance. This is the group that is behind Googles Android OS. Look for a XPERIA like device running Android sometime in around Q3 2009. Might be announced at Mobile World Congress in Feb 2009.

Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands. Sony Ericsson is a strong supporter of open operating systems and we believe the Open Handset Alliance offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver.
-- Rikko Sakaguchi, CVP and head of Creation and Development, Sony Ericsson

OHA Link
SE Press Release

Monday, December 8, 2008

Walkman Xmini announced for AU KDDI

Sony Ericsson has announced a keitai for AU KDDI. This one is modeled after a small MP3 player and is one of the most compact phone in SE entire lineup, especially small for Japan. This ought to be quite popular with the teens in Japan, especially the low price.

- 44mm x 75mm x 18mm
- 1.8" QVGA 320 x 240 Screen
- 3.5 GB
- Lithium Ion Battery 770mHa
- 210 Minutes Continuous Talk Time
- Touch Navigation with vibration
- Comes with Walkman Headphones and matching phone strap
- Bluetooth enabled
- Digital Sound Enhancement Engine: ClearAudio & ClearBass

KDDI Press Release



KDDI、沖縄セルラーは、スーパーコンパクトボディで音楽を本格的に楽しむ、新しいミュージックスタイルを提案する「Walkman® Phone, Xmini」(製造: ソニー・エリクソン・モバイルコミュニケーションズ株式会社) を、2008年12月下旬以降、発売します。

「Walkman® Phone, Xmini」は、音楽を生活の一部と考えるお客さまに、本格的な音楽機能を携帯電話で使う楽しさ、お気に入りのファッションスタイルとして持ち運ぶ喜びを 提供します。本体表面には「ケータイらしさ」をあえて排除したミニマルなデザインを施し、44mm×75mm×18mmという圧倒的に小さなフォルムと、 本体カラーに合わせた付属のネックストラップで、ファッションアイテムのひとつとして楽しむ新しいミュージックスタイルを提案します。

スーパーコンパクトボディに、約2,300曲のEZ「着うたフル®」を保存できる4GBの大容量メモリを内蔵し、原音を忠実に再現するクリアな音 質を目指したソニーの高音質技術「クリアオーディオテクノロジー」を採用するなど、本格的な音楽機能を搭載しました。スライド上部にタッチセンサーキーを 採用し、本体を閉じたままでも音楽再生機能を直感的に操作できます。




Google Translate:
KDDI, Okinawa Cellular, a full-fledged SUPAKONPAKUTOBODI enjoy music in the style of music to propose a new "Walkman ® Phone, Xmini" (Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.), in late 2008 after 12 , Will be released.

"Walkman ® Phone, Xmini" the music as a part of life for our customers, features a full-fledged music is fun to use mobile phones, and carry your favorite fashion style for joy. On the surface of the body, "KETAIRASHI" eliminate the hazard of minimalist design, 44mm × 75mm × 18mm form a small and overwhelmingly, according to the body color on a lanyard, as one of fashion enjoy Item new music Proposed style.

SUPAKONPAKUTOBODI, 2300 song about the EZ "Chaku-Uta Full ®" to save the memory capacity of 4GB, and to reproduce the original sound crystal-clear sound quality of Sony's high-quality technology aimed at "KURIAODIOTEKUNOROJI" And adopt a full-featured music. In the upper TATCHISENSAKI uses slides, music playback, but closed the main feature allows users to navigate intuitively.

Also, press the small but hard-key and friendly with sensitive microphones, and ease of use of mobile phones also are considerations.

In addition, starting from the end of December 2008 will be EZ "Chaku-Uta Full-plus ™" is supported. The AAC320Kbps be able to download music, and enjoy high-quality music that caters to the needs of our customers.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Kate is C510

Looks like Kate will be named C510 according to Maximys over at SEMC Blog. Main features include

Kate. Main features:

- Candybar
- Cyber-shot UI 2.0
- 2.2″ QVGA display
- 3,2-Mp camera with AF
- Smile Shutter™
- Active lens cover
- 120 Mb in-built memory + M2 card slot
- Photo and video light
- Illuminated imaging shortcuts
- Face detection, BestPic™, Photo fix

Filippa. Main features:

- Candybar
- Cyber-shot UI 2.0
- 2.2″ QVGA display
- 5-Mp camera with AF
- Smile Shutter™
- Active lens cover
- 140 Mb in-built memory + M2 card slot
- Xenon flash and video light
- Illuminated imaging shortcuts
- Face detection, BestPic™, Photo fix

Frances. Main features:

- Slider
- Cyber-shot UI 2.0
- 2.4″ QVGA display
- 5-Mp camera with AF
- Smile Shutter™
- aGPS
- Image stabilization
- Active lens cover
- Photo and video light
- Face detection, BestPic™, Photo fix


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