Sony Ericsson Introduces first Walkman 3G Phone W900
Posted on 18-Oct-2005 11:24
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Sony Ericsson is adding a 3G (UMTS) handset to the Walkman range of music phones bringing the total number of phones in the range to four. The W900 is a music player, phone and imaging device all in one, and capable of connecting to a fast 3G cellular network for downloads in general but with multimedia (music, video and graphics) focus.
The new model follows the global market launch of the W800. Two previously announced Walkman phones are also about to launch, the W600 in the Americas and W550 in the rest of the world, meaning there are now Walkman phones meeting a broad spectrum of mobile music needs and price segments.
As a music player, the W900 makes it easy to import, transfer, manage and play music from operators’ over-the-air (OTA) music download services, allowing tracks to be downloaded directly to the phone while on the move and, from a PC when tracks have been copied from the owner’s CD collection.
Sony Ericsson says one of the most appealing features of the W900 is how easy it is to import, transfer, play and manage music files. Tracks can be imported from a variety of sources, either over-the-air direct to the phone if it supports an available operator music download service, or via a PC.
Transferring digital music files from a PC to the phone is a simple ‘drag and drop’ and the W900 is also fully compatible with user-copied content from music management software packages. This is particularly useful for consumers already owning another type of digital music player who want to transfer tracks that originate from their CD collection on to the W900.
The supplied Disc2Phone PC software allows the user to transfer music to the phone from audio CDs and a PC music collection. Disc2Phone can transfer music based on playlists and has a shuffle functionality. The W900’s internal 470MB user free memory provides space for between 120 and 240 songs. The storage capacity can be increased with Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, currently available in retail outlets at up to 2GB. Music files can be stored in MP3, AAC or AAC+, MIDI, WAV and XMF formats.
Direct music buttons get the user access to the Walkman player where it is possible to scroll through play lists, artists or individual songs. The phone’s ringtone cuts into the audio and pauses the track while the user takes the call.
The phone swivels open automatically revealing a keypad. Virtually all functions can be performed with the phone closed, and users can read messages or search through their music library without opening the phone.
The W900 has a 2.2" QVGA (240 x 320 pixel) 262K TFT screen. It also comes with a 2 megapixel, autofocus camera with 8 x digital zoom, LED flash- or picture-light. The camera is used for still captures and can shoot video at up to 30fps (frames per second). The phone supports live video calls on UMTS networks.
This is the first Sony Ericsson phone to be supplied with a Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-80 with remote control, that allows the user to operate the Walkman player without removing it from their pocket. A USB cable and Disc2Phone PC software for transfer and management of music files are also included in the box.
The W900 UMTS Walkman phone is available in black or white and will be commercially available end Q4 2005. The variants will be the W900i - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and W900c - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Mainland China. Launch for mainland China dependant on availability of 3G services in the region.