Today Sony Ericsson presented two new mobile phones, the W700 and Z525. Both new devices are very similar to their predecessors and don't feature anything innovative.
The newest, 8th addition in the Walkman series, the W700 strongly reminds of the W800 model. The tri-band phone has a 1.8" 256K colors display with 176 x 220 pixels resolution. The main difference between the new device and the W800 seems to be the smaller Memory Stick PRO Duo card that comes in the box. In this case, it's a 256 MB one, as in the W800 box it's 512 MB. Otherwise, the phone has a 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, but without autofocus. W700 has GPRS Class 10 support and has Bluetooth, USB and Infrared connectivity. Stereo earphones are supplied in the original package. Sony Ericsson W700 will come in Titanium Gold color as for some markets there will be a Smooth White version. It will be available in Q2 2006.
The Z525 clamshell is aimed at the US market and succeeds the Z520 model even in design. Unlike its predecessor, it will have Push-to-Talk support. The new device will have a 80 x 101 pixels resolution external display with 4K colors. The internal display will be a 1.8" 65K colors one with 128 x 160 pixels resolution. The internal memory remains the same as in Z520 - 16 MB. The phone still has a VGA camera, MP3 & AAC support and caller ID associated light effects. The connectivity features of the quad-band Z525 are Bluetooth, USB and Infrared. Sony Ericsson Z525 will be available in New Blue around Q2 2006.
Sony Ericsson press releases
New W700 WALKMAN® Phone launched in Titanium Gold colour
The latest addition to Sony Ericsson’s Walkman® phone family, the W700, will appeal to lovers of classic and discreet design. Available in subtle Titanium Gold the W700 is the 8th Walkman® phone from Sony Ericsson, and it broadens the appeal of the category to new groups of music listeners. Great listening and easy to operate, it combines a top quality music player with a 2 Megapixel camera plus lots of features for fun and work. The Walkman® music player even works with the phone turned-off – great for use on flights.
“The W700 builds on the legacy of the first Walkman® phone, the W800. This phone will appeal to anyone who wants a quality music player in their phone for occasional listening,” said Jan Wäreby, Corporate Executive Vice President, Head of Sale and Marketing, Sony Ericsson.
There’s also greater potential to expand the storage capacity. As with all Walkman® phones a Memory Stick PRO Duo is included in the box. The W700 comes with 256MB - enough to hold 6 CDs for occasional music listening. But with up to 2GB versions on the market, enough to hold 47 CDs, there is enough music storage available to entertain on even the longest of journeys.
W700 comes supplied with high quality headset that plugs into a standard connector, so you can connect a favourite headset of your own if you wish. There are also a full range of plug-in music accessories from small portable speakers to car systems available.
Music management couldn’t be simpler. All the software and cables you need to rip CDs to your PC and transfer them to the phone is included the box.
The W700 will ship globally during Q2 2006 and be available in Titanium Gold. A Smooth White colour variant will be available in some markets.
Sony Ericsson Brings Chic, Affordable Z525 Clamshell to the US Market
April 4, 2006, Las Vegas, CTIA - Sony Ericsson today announced the Z525, a push-to-talk upgrade to the popular Sony Ericsson Z520. The Z525 is a stylish clamshell which works worldwide. The Z525 handset which also features Bluetooth®, a VGA camera, as well as a host of messaging capabilities, will be sold in the US beginning in the second quarter 2006.
Push-to-talk is a fun and easy way to stay in touch as immediate contact is maintained. It’s useful in many types of situations including connecting a small group such as colleagues working in various locations or friends and family in different places.
For the price segment, the Z525 is packed with useful and fun features. Bluetooth allows you to easily connect to a variety of headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth enabled devices. Like its popular predecessor, special lighting effects on the Z525 let you know who is calling. Blue lights around the rim light up in eight different patterns that sync with melodies to match individual callers. The VGA camera lets you save color pictures of your most frequent callers along with their contact details. These pictures are then displayed on the external screen when that person calls.
The Z525 let’s you share favorite photos with easy picture and video messaging capabilities via MMS. A simple-to-use Internet browser makes it easy to find nearby restaurants, movies, flights and more.
The Sony Ericsson Z525a is quad-band GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900. It will be available in New Blue and starts shipping during Q2 2006.