Sony Ericsson Announces The Walkman Z Series of PMPs

Before the iPhone and Android powered handsets arrived, Sony Ericsson was known for its Cybershot and Walkman series of phones. Ever since Android explosion and SE adopted Android as its primary OS, it launched its entire Android range under the Xperia brand, killing the Walkman and Cybershot range.

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Sony Ericsson loyalists all around the world hoped that someday the company will launch a Walkman branded Android handset. Cybershot loyalists, already got some love with the Xperia Arc and its 8.1MP Exmor R sensor.

When Sony Ericsson finally announced its first ever Walkman branded phone, the Walkman W8, it was a total disappointment. The W8 was basically a re-branded X8, which is a low-end Android phone running the age old Android 2.1.

Today, Sony Ericsson has announced a new range of Walkman Z series of personal media players (PMP). The PMPs are pretty powerful, and sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, along with 512MB of RAM and the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Gyroscope, HDMI port and DLNA. The PMPs sport a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) screen. The press release from Sony Ericsson does not mention whether these PMPs display support its BRAVIA engine based Reality Display or not.

For the die-hard audiophiles, these PMPs feature an S-Master MXdigital amplifier, Digital Noise Cancelling, DSEE, Clear Stereo and Clear base, 5-band Equalizer, 5 speeds VPT Acoustic Engine, Dynamic Normalizer and xLOUD. The Walkman Z series of PMPs from Sony Ericsson will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

These PMPs will also have a dedicated Wbutton, along with a new UI. Sony Ericsson will also launch some new accessories with these new PMPs like headphones, leather case, Silicon case and screen protectors.

The PMPs will be available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB. The base model of the PMP costs around ¥ 28,000 ($363), with the top-of-the-line 64GB variant costing ¥ 43,000 ($558). Sony Ericsson will launch these PMPs in Japan. The company did not mention anything whether they will release these PMPs in other regions of the world as well.

It’s quite ironic that these PMPs from Sony Ericsson are more powerful than their Android based handsets. None of the current-gen Android handsets from Sony Ericsson feature a dual-core processor. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will launch some dual-core powered phones before the end of this year.

AT&T’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G Announced; Releasing On September 18

Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Play 4G, which is headed to AT&T’s network. Don’t be fooled by the ‘4G’ tag though; the Xperia Play 4G is exactly the same as European version of the Play, and the Verizon’s version as well.

This means the Xperia Play 4G still sports the same 1GHz Scorpion processor from Qualcomm, and an Adreno 205 GPU. There is also 512MB of RAM, along with 400MB of internal storage on-board. Compared to the recent dual-core offerings from other Android manufacturers, the Xperia Play 4G hardware definitely feels old.

Other key specs of the Play include a 4-inch FWVGA (854×480) screen, quality stereo speakers, 5MP camera at the back and a VGA camera in the front, and the usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of other sensors and connectivity features. The main highlight of the Xperia Play is its PSP like gamepad, which is bound to attract die-hard gamers.

A point to note here is that the Xperia Play 4G, unlike its 4G moniker, does not support AT&T’s true  upcoming  4G LTE support. Instead, it supports its current so called 4G network, HSDPA+.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and features Facebook Inside Xperia as well.  The Xperia Play is also the first PlayStation Certified phone in the world, and will come with seven games pre-loaded including Dungeon Defenders, Asphalt 6, Star Battalion, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx and Crash Bandicoot.

AT&T owners can get their hands on the Xperia Play 4G in an exclusive “Stealth Blue” color for only $49.99, after a two-year contract. The phone will hit the retail stores on September 18.

 

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Announced; We Wonder Why!

Sony Ericsson has just announced a new addition to its Xperia branded of Android handsets, the Xperia Arc S. As the name suggests, the Arc S is similar to the original Arc, except that a faster processor powers it.

Instead of the 1GHz Snapdragon chip found on the Arc, the S sports a faster 1.4GHz single-core processor, with the same GPU (Adreno 205) and the same amount of RAM (512MB). Other than the faster processor, the Arc S is a blatant copy of the Arc, which includes its slim waistline of 8.7mm. Like the original, the S sports the same 4.2-inch FWVGA (854×480) Reality Display, with the Mobile Bravia engine. The original Arc was always praised for its 8MP Exmor R camera, and the S retains the same camera. The S is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution with stereo recording.

Other key features of the Arc S include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, FM radio, microHDMI port and a bunch of sensors. The Arc S will come with the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will also include the software enhancements announced by Sony last week, including 3D Sweep panorama and the ability to play 3D content on a 3DTV using the micro-HDMI port. The Arc S will be available in a variety of colors including white, black, blue, silver and pink.

I am still trying to figure out why in this world did Sony Ericsson announce the Xperia Arc S. Except for the faster single core processor, the handset is same as the Arc. The Arc will get all the new 3D features via a software update in a couple of months, so there is no real point in buying an Arc S.

The Arc and the Arc S pack the  same  processor, with it (processor) only being clocked higher by 400MHz on the latter. Arc users, who have already rooted their handset, can easily overclock their handset to 1.4GHz and beyond! In fact, one of the custom kernels for the Arc enables users to overclock up to a whopping 1.9GHz!

Frankly, every other Android manufacturer has released a dual-core powered handset, and its high time Sony Ericsson does the same. There is absolutely no point in wasting money and re-releasing old products with a new name, and minor differences.

 

Sony Ericsson Launches The Xperia Active In India

Back in June, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Active smartphone. This handset comes with a unique wet finger tracking feature, which allows you to use the handset perfectly even when the screen or a user’s fingers are wet. Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is a dust proof and water resistant smartphone, which can be kept under 1m of water for nearly 30 mins.The Xperia Active runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and it comes with a 3 inch Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine, Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor, 5 megapixel camera, etc. Sony Ericsson recently launched this device at an event in India.

“We congratulate Sony Ericsson on the launch of Xperia ray and Xperia active, powered by Qualcomm’s highly integrated Snapdragon S2 processor,said Dr. Sandeep Sibal, Country Manager and Vice President, Business Development, Qualcomm India and South Asia. Combining GHz processing power, rich graphics, HD video, and best-in-class 3G HSPA connectivity, Xperia ray and Xperia active are compelling devices that will cater to sleek and sporty consumer lifestyles.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Specs

  • 3 inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Wet finger tracking
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom
  • Auto focus and LED flash
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP
  • Sony Ericsson Music Player
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • GPS with aGPS
  • DLNA Certified
  • Android Market
  • Motion gaming
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Micro USB support
  • 320 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB microSD card included
  • Up to 4 hrs 53 min talk time
  • Up to 351 hrs standby time
  • Up to 25 hrs music playback
  • Up to 8 hrs 30 min video playback
  • 1200 mAh battery

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset will be available in two colors – Black and Gold. The price of this device will be announced soon. This handset will be available from next month in India.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Launched In India

Sony Ericsson announced the Android powered Xperia Ray at CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. The Xperia Ray is the smaller version of the popular Xperia Arc smartphone. This handset run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor that provides advanced processing power with minimal drag on performance or battery life. The Xperia ray is powered by the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 3.3 inch touchscreen display, 1 Ghz processor, 8.1 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and so on. Sony Ericsson finally launched this smartphone at an event in New Delhi, India.

According to P. Balaji, Managing Director India, Sony Ericsson,

Sony Ericsson is a playful and dynamic brand. We aim to reach to all those that are young at heart and indulge in gadgets that imbibe style and utility. The launch of the Xperia ray and active continues our journey into tapping the smartphone market in India. With the launch of Xperia arc and PLAY in April, we marked a milestone through the collaborations and innovations we brought to the market. While the Xperia ray makes for a sleek companion, the Xperia active is the perfect partner for Indian consumers with a hectic lifestyle, especially those who are outdoors. The unique proposition of our phones is strengthened by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S2 processor that ensures that users run multiple apps smoothly and do more than one thing on-the-go.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Specs

  • 3.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • 854 x 480 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 1 Ghz processor
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Front-facing camera for video calls
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP
  • PlayNow service
  • Sony Ericsson Music Player
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • GPS with aGPS
  • DLNA Certified
  • Micro USB support
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality
  • 300 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 3 GB microSD card included
  • Motion gaming
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Up to 7 hrs talk time
  • Up to 440 hrs standby time
  • Up to 36 hrs music playback
  • Up to 6 hrs 45 min video playback
  • 1500 mAh battery

Sony Ericsson has not announced the price of this device. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray will be available in 4 colors Black, Gold, White and Pink. This handset will be available from next month in India.

Sony Ericsson’s 2011 Range of Xperia Devices To Get Android 2.3.4 Update in October

Along with the Sony Ericsson Neo V, the company also announced that the 2011 range of Xperia handsets will be getting a new firmware update, sometime in October this year.

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The new firmware update will bring some new features along with a minor bump in the Android OS version to 2.3.4. With the Android 2.3.4 update, Xperia handsets users with a front-facing cam will also get to enjoy Google Talk with video chat functionality. The Facebook inside Xperia feature will also be enhanced with this update, by providing users ability to share apps and games through Facebook.

There is also a new 3D Sweep panorama feature, which will allow users to watch images in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.

Below is the whole change-log of the update-:

  • Xperiaâ„¢ smartphones to be upgraded to the 2.3.4 version of the Gingerbread platform with new features including Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras
  • Updated Facebook inside Xperiaâ„¢ functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities
  • Xperiaâ„¢ smartphones introducing world’s first 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony.
  • The software upgrade enables consumers to turn their Xperia smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to Sony Ericsson LiveDockâ„¢ multimedia station. Connect the smartphone to a TV via HDMI to get a big screen experience.
  • Swipe text input –   text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
  • Screen capture – allows the user to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone.

The last firmware update for all the Xperia handsets also brought a host of new features, including xLoud and themes support. It looks like Sony Ericsson has finally learnt from its previous mistake, and knows that timely software updates also play a major role in a handset’s success.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V Announced

Sony Ericsson recently introduced a new smartphone in its Xperia range of phones, the Xperia Neo V. This handset is the successor of the original Xperia Neo smartphone. It is the first device which comes with the new 3D camera functionality from Sony. Xperia Neo V runs on the latest Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, etc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V comes with the new 3D sweep panorama technology, which allows you to capture and view images in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output. It also allows you to video chat with your Google Talk friends, thanks to the latest version of the Android OS.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V Specifications:

  • 3.7 inch reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 480 x 854 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 Processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • HD video (720p) recording
  • Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP
  • PlayNow service
  • Sony Ericsson Music player
  • Android Market
  • WebKit Web browser
  • 3D games
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • GPS with aGPS
  • DLNA Certified
  • HDMI support
  • Micro USB support
  • TV Out
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality
  • Up to 320 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandabe memory
  • 2 GB microSD card included
  • Up to 31 hrs music playback time
  • Up to 7 hrs 25 min video playback time
  • Up to 6 hrs 55 min talk-timr
  • Up to 430 hrs stand-by time
  • 1500 mAh battery

Xperia Neo v will be available in 3 different colors – White, Blue Gradient and Silver. This handset will be available in select markets from Q4 of 2011. The price of this handset will be announced soon.

Sony Ericsson Announces The Live With Walkman Android Smartphone

Sony Ericsson recently launched a new Android powered smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman. This handset comes with a dedicated Walkman hardware button, which provides instant access to the music player and allows you to like, share and discover content through a deep Facebook integration. It also features an infinite button, which lets you explore even more music and video content using the Sony Ericsson’s new Qriocity service.

Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing, Sony Ericsson said,

Consumers want smartphones to deliver a rich and social entertainment experience. Rather than a one dimensional music experience, they want instant and seamless access to new content, combined with the ability to share and connect with their friends. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkmanâ„¢ provides exactly this, in a powerful package with great style.

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Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman is a mid-range music smartphone which comes a small 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 1 Ghz processor, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, Stereo speakers, Walkman player, Android Market, etc. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

It also features a 3.5 mm audio jack, 3D games, FM radio with RDS, A-GPS, WebKit Web browser, DLNA Certified, Micro USB support, USB mass storage, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, 320 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD memory card bundled, up to 17 hrs 30 min of Music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min of Video playback time, up to 600 hrs of standby time, up to 14 hrs 15 min of talk time and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 250,000 apps and games from the Android Market. Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman will be available from Q4 of 2011 in 2 basic colors – Black and White. The price of this handset will be announced soon. Until then, check out the official pics below.

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Google Maps and Reader for Android Updated; Minecraft Now Available For Xperia Play

Google has released updates for two of its popular apps for Android – Google Maps and Google Reader. The Google Maps update brings with it some welcomed changes, including custom transit notifications.

The bubble buttons, which had mysteriously disappeared in the previous update, have also made a comeback. The Transit support has also made its way to the tablet version of Google Maps. The latest update (v5.9) is already available for download from the Android Market.

The Google Reader app for Android has also been updated, and brings with it some much-needed improvements. Most importantly, the Google Reader app finally supports Honeycomb. The tablet layout of the app is similar to the mobile/tablet version of GReader website. The ‘Mark as read’ function has also been improved, and users can now mark an item as read by long pressing on it.

While this update definitely helps in improving the overall usability of the GReader app, it still does not stand a chance in front of the competition.

In other Android apps and games related news, the highly popular and insanely addictive game, Minecraft from Mojang is now available exclusively for the Xperia Play. At the time being, the game will remain exclusive to the Play. Hopefully, the game should be available to other touch screen based Android phones, sometime in the future. Sony Ericsson has also stated that a bunch of new games are soon going to be available for the Play, including Fifa 2012, Death Worm and EVAC HD. The whole list of games can be found  here.

 

 

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Now Available In The UK For £239.99

Back in May, Sony Ericsson announced the Android powered Xperia Mini Pro smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Xperia Mini Pro is already available in most of the European and Asian markets, including India. The folks living in the UK have a reason to cheer, since the Xperia Mini pro is finally available for purchase in the US. You can buy this handset on contract or you can even get the unlocked version.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro features a 3 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, auto focus, Face detection and Face recognition, HD video recording (720p), VGA Front-facing camera, PlayNow service, 3D games, etc.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Wi-Fi Connectivity, FM radio with RDS, A-GPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB support, USB High speed 2.0 support, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, 320 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card included, Sony Ericsson Music Player, Android Market, up to 29 hrs music plauback, up to 6 hrs video playback, up to 5 hrs 40 min talk-time, up to 331 hrs stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

T-mobile UK, Vodafone and Orange subscribers can get this handset for free with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan starting from £20.42, £20.50 and £20.00 respectively. You can also buy this handset without any contract for £239.99. If you are planning to get this handset, then just head over to this page at Sony Ericsson online store.