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Sony Ericsson's Hot New W950 Walkman Phone

Product Launch by Michael Oryl on Monday February 13, 2006.

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Today at an evening Press Conference/Party, Sony Ericsson launched their big new addition to the Walkman lineup of phones, the sexy W950. Based on the same platform as the M600, UIQ v3 on Symbian OS v9.1, the W950 makes use of both a touch screen and a 3-way scroll wheel for navigation. Unlike recent new handsets from Nokia and Samsung, the W950 uses flash memory to achieve its 4GB of audio file capacity, which seems like a great idea. The updated Walkman app is capable of playing MP3, WAV, M4A, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+ files - meaning you can get upwards of 4,000 songs crammed into the device. Stereo Bluetooth output is supported with headsets such as Sony Ericsson's new HBH-DS970. Sony Ericsson expects the W950's battery to be able to supply power for 10 hours of music playback. It can also provide 2.5/7.5 (UMTS/GSM) hours of talk time or 250/340 hours of standby time.

In terms of phone functionality, the dual-mode UMTS/GSM handset supports WCDMA on the 2100Mhz band as well as the 900/1800/1900Mhz GSM bands. The large and bright 2.6", 262k color display serves the UIQ touch-screen interface well, and the device is capable of showing video clips at 30 frames per second.

Other features include an FM radio, the Opera 8.0 web browser, and an RSS news reader. Bluetooth, USB, and GPRS handle the data needs of the handset. The W950 weighs 112g (3.95oz) and measures 106mm x 54mm x 15mm (4.2" x 2.1" x .6") in size.

The company expects the device to be available in the third quarter of this year. You'll find more live photos of the Sony Ericsson W950 from 3GSM 2006 in Barcelona on the following page.


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