Sony Ericsson launches W850 Walkman Phone

Posted on Thursday, May 18 2006 @ 14:51 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The evolution of Sony Ericsson’s successful Walkman phone range takes another step forward today with the announcement of the UMTS enabled W850. Sony Ericsson’s first GSM/UMTS ‘slider’, the W850 has been uniquely combined with a full horizontal mode camera experience and the latest Walkman player 2.0 for easy music download.

Available in Precious Black or Golden White, the phone has an attention grabbing ‘heartbeat illumination’ feature to light-up the control keys in rhythm with your music. Visually stunning and appealing to use, this phone isn’t just about good looks – it also offers blisteringly fast music downloads direct to the handset. The phone is configured for operator over the air (OTA) music download services and accepts many popular music file formats including e-AAC+, which reduces download time and space needed for tracks. Memory isn’t an issue either with a 1GB memory stick PRO Duo supplied which is enough for around 1,000 songs in e-AAC+. This can be expanded to 4GB so that you can store a much larger music collection and have it with you all of the time.

The Walkman player 2.0 simplifies navigation through music genres, playlists, individual songs or music albums and there’s also a TrackID feature powered by Gracenote Mobile MusicID. This is a new service which means you can record a few seconds of a song, either via the microphone or the in built FM radio, and then with one click send that clip to the Gracenote worldwide music database which will identify the track and relay the information back to the phone.

There is also a high performance 2 Megapixel camera that makes it fun to capture your favourite moments and share them with friends. Fast internet access and web browsing also make it easy to use your W850 to create and maintain blogsites, so you can keep your friends posted from wherever you are.

It is commercially available in Precious Black or Golden White and starts shipping during Q3 2006.

  • Imaging and messaging
    • 2.0” QVGA TFT 260k
    • 2 mega pixel
    • Landscape Imaging
    • 4 x digital zoom
    • LED Light
    • Video Recording/Playback
    • Push e-mail
    • Macromedia Flash
    • Video telephony

  • Music
    • 1 GB MS PRO Duo enough for approximately 1000 tracks in eAAC+
    • Walkman Player 2.0 [MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, m4a playback]
    • Up to 30 hours music playing time
    • Full-length music download OTA
    • Music/video streaming
    • TrackID
    • Speed search music
    • Music playback with illumination
    • RDS FM Stereo Radio
    • Audio out via system connector
    • A+B buttons
    • Java 3D gaming
    • OMA DRM v. 2.0

  • Connectivity
    • UMTS 2100
    • USB 2.0 Mass storage
    • Full Access Net front HTML browser
    • RSS feeds
    • Bluetooth™ 2.0 (A2DP)
    • Landscape browsing
    • Expandable MS PRO Duo slot
    • PC Synchronization
    • Flight mode
    • FOTA
    • Kit Content:
      • 1 GB MS PRO Duo
      • Stereo headset
      • USB Cable
      • PC SW

  • Accessories
    • Audio cable out
    • BT stereo music headset (A2DP)
    • Adv. car handsfree
    • Media Center 3 – for wireless plug & play connection to PC an HiFi
    • Music Desk stand speakers (Sony Branded)
    • FM transmitter

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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