Sony Ericsson W980 Walkman Phone unveiled

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 12 2008 @ 07:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Sony Ericsson unveiled a new music phone - the W980. This phone will be available in the third quarter of 2008 and will have 8GB of internal memory.
Be true to the original recording
The W980 Walkman phone is designed to allow you to listen to music as it should be heard. Clear stereo enables the music to sound like the original recording. Clear bass delivers distortion free sound even at higher volumes. These features combine with the premium headphones, the Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77, to deliver an incredible clear audio experience and music that sounds as true as possible to the original recording

Share your music with friends
The W980 Walkman phone has a built-in FM transmitter, which allows you to send whatever’s playing on your phone to other devices with a built-in FM radio receiver. This gives you the ability to share your music with all those around you, whether through a friend’s hi-fi or your car stereo.

Quality music is made for sharing with the W980. Unplug your headset, sit back and let the music flow through the integrated stereo speakers for all to enjoy. Select a track from the extensive music library – the W980 lets you store up to 8000 songs – or tune in to your favourite radio station and listen out loud. No need to plug in an FM Receiver, since this is on-board with the W980.

Build your collection every day
With the recent evolution of PlayNow arena, Sony Ericsson’s popular over-the-air (OTA) and web download service being launched this May, you will be able to access up to 5 million tracks to maximise your music collection. The W980’s TrackID feature, which can identify any track that you just can’t put a name to, will be fully integrated into PlayNow arena. This makes the W980 a genuine gateway to great music, as you can download the track instantly once it has been identified.

Customise your sound
You can tailor the W980’s Walkman player to the music that you’re listening to. This latest Walkman phone provides a choice of eight equaliser presets, each of which contains a distinct profile that is suitable to a range of music. So whether you’re listening to jazz, pop or heavy metal, you’ve can always choose the best sound for the song.

Control your music at your fingertips
The Walkman on Top feature on the W980 gives you the full functionality of a Walkman player without even having to open your phone. The entire Walkman player that would normally be displayed on the inside of your clamshell is also replicated on the outside of the phone, so navigation through your music library is effortless.

Balance and beat
Every music enthusiast knows that a great audio experience requires great quality speakers or headphones. The W980 Walkman phone comes with the new Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77; a headset that lets you enjoy music in powerful stereo sound. The HPM-77 also allows users to take their calls handsfree, and its sleek design and in-ear wearing-style mean that it’s both comfortable and reduces background noise to the bare minimum.

Sony Ericsson W980 – At a Glance

Music and Entertainment

• Walkman® player
• Clear stereo
• Clear bass
• Album art
• FM transmitter
• Shake control
• SensMe™
• PlayNow™
• TrackID™
• Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
• Music tones (MP3/AAC)
• 3D games
• Java™
• FM radio with RDS
• Video streaming
• Video viewing


• 3.2 megapixel camera
• 3.2x digital zoom
• Picture blogging
• Video blogging
• Video recording with 4x digital zoom
• Photo fix
• Auto rotate
• x-Pict Story™
• PictBridge printing


• Access NetFront™ Web browser
• Web feeds
• Photo feeds

Communication & Messaging

• Polyphonic ringtones
• Speakerphone
• Vibrating alert
• Video calling
• Email
• Picture messaging (MMS)
• Predictive text input
• Sound recorder
• Text messaging (SMS)


• Navigation key
• Picture wallpaper
• Wallpaper animation


• Bluetooth™ technology
• Modem
• Synchronization
• Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
• USB mass storage
• USB support


• Alarm clock
• Calculator
• Calendar
• Flight mode
• Notes
• Phone book
• Stopwatch
• Tasks
• Timer


• Battery (BST-38)
• Charger (CST-70)
• USB Cable (DCU-60)
• Stereo Portable Handsfree (HPM-77)
• Sony Ericsson PC Suite
• Media Manager
• User guide

• Active Speaker MAS-100
Protective case with built-in speaker and FM radio antenna: Bring and share your music outdoors.
• Bluetooth™ Car Speakerphone HCB-150
A portable handsfree solution for use in the car.
• Music Portable Bluetooth™ Speaker MBS-100
Designed for rich sound.
• Music Desk Stand CDS-75
The smart and convenient way to charge your phone.

Facts and Figures

• Size: 92 x 46 x 16.9 mm
• Weight: 100 grams

• Colour: Piano Black

• Main screen: 262,144 colour TFT
• Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
• Size: 2.2 inches

• External screen: 262,144 colour TFT
• Resolution: 176 x 176 pixels

• Phone memory: Up to 8 GB
• Talk time GSM: 9h
• Standby time GSM: TBD300h

• Talk time UMTS: 3.5h
• Standby time UMTS: 300h
• Music listening time: 16h

Availability and versions

GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

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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