Sony Ericsson Announces W550 Walkman Cell Phone
Sony Ericsson announced a new addition to its Walkman phone family the W550 that offers quality stereo music, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Internet browsing capability and a credible games console. The W550 has a digital music player and two external stereo speakers (or one can always use stereo headphones provided with the phone). Loading music onto the handset (with 256MB internal memory) is done with Disc2Phone PC software. The W550 allows users to listen to up to 30 hours of music.
When listening to music on the W550 over headphones, the music cuts off automatically when a call is received, permitting the listener to take the call before resuming listening to the paused track. A direct music button gives instant access to the Walkman music player, which can be used independently of the phone, allowing the phone to be used in flight mode so your personal music can be enjoyed even on an airplane.
The W550 also offers an authentic games console experience. Games can be played with the screen positioned horizontally and buttons on the left and right of the screen being used for two-handed control. The list of pre-installed games includes Worms Forts: Under Siege 3D developed by THQ Wireless, Extreme Air Snowboarding developed by Digital Chocolate and a new multiplayer version of Midway’s Gauntlet, developed under license by TKO Software. If users prefer, horizontal-mode games can also be played in portrait mode or an L-Shaped mode using the keyboard. The W550 also supports multi-player peer-2-peer gaming over Bluetooth.
Equipped with a 1.3 MegaPixel camera, the W550 captures stills and video-clips – with 4x digital zoom for close-ups – that can then be stored or shared using MMS or Bluetooth, or even transferred to a PC via USB cable.
Speaking of personalisation, users can choose from a range of additional Style-Up covers that can be matched with downloadable wallpapers, themes and start-up/close-down animations.
The W550 is a Tri-band / GPRS phone and will be available during early Q4 in two different variants: W550i Triple Band GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz version for European, African, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Hong Kong markets; W550c Triple Band GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz version for mainland China
In addition the W600a Walkman phone for the Americas that was announced on June 13 in New York as a Tri-Band/Edge product will now become the W600i for global distribution as a Quad-Band/Edge phone (850/900/1800/1900). The product will start shipping in the Americas from early Q4.
Source: Sony Ericsson
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