Sony Ericsson just unveiled a new Walkman phone. It’s called the Live with Walkman, an Android 2.3 phone with 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display with HVGA resolution. This new handset is powered by a 1GHz processor and features a five megapixel AF camera with 8x digital zoom capable of capturing HD video in 720p, and a front-facing VGA camera. The phone’s internal memory is quite disappointing at 320MB. Storage is expandable up to 32GB though via microSD.
Being essentially a music phone, the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman packs some interesting media capabilities like enhanced audio and Qriocity integration. The Live with Walkman’s release is expected in Q4 of 2011 but pricing is still unavailable.
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Specifications
- 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 320 pixels resolution
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- 320MB internal memory
- microSD support up to 32GB
- 5 megapixel camera, 8x digital zoom, Auto focus, Flash/LED
- HD video recording (720p)
- Front-facing camera (VGA)
- Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), Stereo speakers, Walkman player, xLOUD
- Radio (FM radio with RDS)
- 3.5 mm audio jack
- aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified
- Micro USB support, USB High speed 2.0 support
- Dimensions: 56.5 x 106 x 14.2 mm
- Weight: 115 g
- 1200 mAh battery
This looks very much like a re-packaged Xperia Mini, which is quite a good thing as the Mini UI runs like like lightning.
The only thing that worries me is how Sony Ericsson are going to differentiate a Walkman phone from other smartphones on the market. I’m guessing that those stereo speakers are good quality, but if the rest of it is just apps, a button and branding then I’m not sure why I’d choose this over another Xperia device (which would have a better screen or camera)
Sony has missed a trick, this should have more storage capacity for offline music and video, certainly at least 120-160Gb. By supporting only microSD this device is like every other PMP and Smartphone that isn’t Apple.
There is definitely a market for an alternative to the iPod Classic that is Android based.