Sony Ericsson Announces New Phones, Aircard, Headsets

Sony Ericsson today announced a plethora of phones, headsets, and even an aircard, for release later this year. Read more for the devices that are headed to the United States.

W610: A New U.S. High-end Phone

Sony Ericsson newer phones have been drying up in terms of U.S. releases recently. The last phones to launch were the aging W810i and the prepaid J220a. Now the W610 will deliver a new Walkman phone for the U.S. The W610 will replace the (discontinued) W600i, and thus likely is headed for Cingular. The W610 will break from the W600i in being a traditional bar phone (similar to the W810i), unlike the side-sliding W600i.

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Continuing the Walkman series in the U.S., the W610 features a newer music player (Walkman Player 2.0) as well as A2DP headphone support (a first for Sony Ericsson).

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The W610 raises the specification list with a 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera, as well as a Memory Stick Micro (M2) card slot (with a 512 MB Memory Stick included). Also added is A2DP headphone support. Otherwise, the W610 will remain very similar to the W600i, complete with quadband GSM and EDGE. The device is expected to be released next quarter.

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The PC300 Goes Where Many Have Gone Before

Sony Ericsson today announced the PC300 data card. The PC300 offers combined HSDPA (3.6 mbps), UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS connectivity. While certainly not a first (Novatel and Sierra have been offering these products for quite awhile, it is a first for Sony Ericsson. It is expected to launch in the third quarter of this year.

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K200a: Budget Camera Phones for All

Sony Ericsson’s K200a is aiming to be their cheapest camera phone yet. The K200 with GSM 850/1900 is a lock for the U.S., and features a VGA camera, no flash, and a 128×128 CSTN display. In short, very low-end. Some other features include (or rather, max out at) an infrared port and speakerphone.

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The K200a is expected to be released in the second quarter.

J110a: Sony Ericsson’s Most Basic Phone

The Sony Ericsson J110a attempts to bring Sony Ericsson to new lows, in both features and retail price. A lock for prepaid phone sales, the J110a carries a 65k 96×64 pixel CSTN display, with GSM 850/1900 dual-band support. Unlike the K200’s GPRS support, the J110a lacks any web browser and also lacks GPRS data (it does maintain SMS text messaging support).

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Sony Ericsson’s basic one-icon UI and a speakerphone round out this $20 to $30 prepaid phone. It is expected to be released in the second quarter.

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Sony Ericsson announced four new audio accessories today, all of which are expected to launch next quarter.


The MRC-60 is a new wireless music box, similar to the iPod HiFi. Users connect the phone to the MRC-60, and it charges the phone while playing music.

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The included remote control allows for both music and phone operations, allowing users to take calls with the built-in speakerphone.


The HPM-75 is an interesting new way to deliver A2DP. Unlike the previous HPM-70, it offers a 3.5 mm headset jack. This enables the user to talk on the phone and listen to music (with the included headset), or disconnect the included headset and use headphones of their choice.

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Sony Ericsson did not disclose if the HPM-75 was Bluetooth 1.2 or 2.0, but did say it would be available next quarter.


The HBH-PV702 replaces the older PV700 in Sony Ericsson’s lightweight, basic, and long battery life category. Bluetooth 1.2, 8 hours of talk time, and a 200 hour standby time rounds out this offering.

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Seeing success with the HBH-PV700, Sony Ericsson has expanded the PV line with an even more expansive long battery life offering. The PV710 is similar in specification to the HBH-PV702 (all PV’s so far have been Bluetooth 1.2 only), while upping the battery ante with up to 12 hours of talk time and a record 300 hours standby time.

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