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Sony planning a 3D smart phone
Aug 7th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Xperia X10

In line with its plan to take on the competitors, Sony Ericsson is on the verge of launching a 3D smart phone. This handset is set to rival LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D smart phone

Androidandme has all the requisite features to enthuse the market. The 4.7 inch model boasts 1280X720 pixels screen resolution allowing it to carry a HD ready logo. The pixel density is 312 ppi which is just short of that of the iPhone which comes with a 314 ppi.

As of now, the biggest smart phone from the stable Sony Ericsson is the Xperia X10 – this comes with a 4.3 inch screen. Androidandme comes with a size of 4.7 inches. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily increase the device’s dimensions if Sony manages some clever modulations.

Going by its size, the competitors for this model would be the 4-5 inch Samsung Hercules, the Dell Streak that comes with a 5 inch screen and massive 7-inch display phone from Samsung – the Galaxy tab.

There is no news as to when the model would be available. Going by the sign of things, it seems that Sony is looking to gate crash the Apple party. The new range of super smart phones including the 3D model is a pointer in this direction.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray coming soon on O2
Jul 20th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray has been put on the “coming soon” section by O2. After Three UK, O2 is the second service provider to offer the Xperia Ray handset along with SE Mini Pro and Mix.

The SE Xperia Ray is a beautiful Smartphone with colour choices of Gold, Pink, Black and White. For those who flaunt, the Gold version looks awesome.

It has a 3.3 inch Touchscreen with Mobile Bravia technology and comes with an 8 megapixel camera with Exmor R technology and HD video recording option. An 8GB microSD card slot is available and the phone comes loaded with Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread.

The Ray is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC similar to the Arc and comes with a suave aluminium frame. The Android 2.3 driven handset comes with Wi-Fi, DLNA, Facebook integration, Mobile Engine and GPS.

The Xperia Ray is expected to be around on PAYG and monthly contracts for as low as £25 per month. Though SE might pitch the Xperia Arc at £300, it will be a tough call because Xperia X10 with similar features and a fairly bigger screen is available for lesser price.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray coming this August
Jul 1st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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A week ago, Sony Ericsson announced another handset which is an Android Smartphone in the Xperia Ray. Carphone Warehouse has now put the handset on its coming soon page with an expected date of August.

Three also confirmed last week that it would stock the handset though it did not provide any dates.

The SE Xperia Ray is a beautiful Smartphone with colour choices of Gold, Pink, Black and White. For those who flaunt, the Gold version looks awesome.

It has a 3.3 inch Touchscreen with Mobile Bravia technology and is powered by a 1GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera with Exmor technology. An 8GB microSD card slot is available and the phone comes loaded with Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread.

Sony Ericsson has got an array of stylish handsets and it will be tough to differentiate the Xperia Ray in that sense. Let’s wait to get a hands on review soon.

Release date of Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro postponed
Jun 12th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Xperia Pro

Pre-orders of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, which made appearance four months ago at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, are already being accepted at the start of this month. However, its actual UK launch date has been postponed to late July.

The handset is currently listed by Sony Ericsson on its UK retail online store for £349.99 SIM Free which is showing its availability as ‘late July’.

Speaking of the Xperia Pro features, the device is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and backed up by 320MB of on-board memory. The handset which boasts a full sliding QWERTY keypad comes with a microSD card for memory expansion. It has a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 pixel capacitive screen and it can last seven hours of talk time.

The Xperia Pro runs on Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread akin to most other handsets from the Japanese manufacturer and it has a full sliding keyboard. It comes with Wi-Fi, HSPDA, an 8-megapixel with AF, flash, and 720p video recording.

This handset is expected to replace the smaller Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro which is available for sale on Prepaymania for £130 and above.

Karaoke enabled Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman unveiled
Jun 9th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Sony Ericsson would never leave things in the open for their own course! Sony Ericsson is on a mission to prove to the world that it still has what it takes to succeed with their Walkman handsets offerings.

Sony Ericsson is looking forward to introduce another music focussed handset, the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman phone. The handset which appeared on Facebook is bundled with amazing features which include a karaoke function so that the vocals of any song can be muted out.

The other captivating feature of the Mix Walkman device is known as Zappin which allows you get a preview of the next song’s chorus. As such you can decide if you are interested in listening to next song or not.

Just like any other Walkman phone, the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman phone also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth as well as FM radio with RDS. The handset also features USB 2.0, micro-USB support, Wi-Fi, built-in memory of 100MB along with microSD card support up to 32GB.

The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman with a 3.2MP camera will hit the UK in Q3 2011 and we shall keep you posted about the pricing.

Snaps of Sony Ericsson ST18i Urushi leaked
Jun 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Snaps of Sony Ericsson ST18i aka Urushi have been leaked online and we now find some 11 pictures of the handset on GSM Arena. There was some confusion around the name because it seems that the handset was initially touted as the Asuza or Azusa. Be whatever it is, let’s take a closer look.

This Gingerbread powered handset is a smaller version of Xperia Arc. The fact that it has a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor suggests that it is going to be a mid-range Smartphone and not a top-end one.

It has a 3.2-inch Touchscreen with 480 x 854 resolution and is reportedly having an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording. It is rumoured to be available this September and it will most probably have a better name then.

Though it is not the first time that pictures of Sony Ericsson handsets have been leaked out, these are surely some of the best snaps. By the way, the ‘Mogami’ hardware could be named after the Japanese imperial naval cruisers of 20th century.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro coming up for £350
Jun 1st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Sony Ericsson would never leave things in the open for their own course! Sony Ericsson is on a mission to prove to the world that it still has what it takes to succeed with their Android phones offerings.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro which made appearance four months ago at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is finally geared up to be available in the UK over the next few weeks.

The handset is listed by Sony Ericsson on its retail online store for £350 SIMFree. Powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and backed up by 320MB on-board memory, the handset comes with a microSD card for memory expansion. It has a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 pixel capacitive screen and it can last seven hours of talk time.

The Xperia Pro runs on Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread akin to most other handsets from the Japanese manufacturer and it has a full sliding keyboard. It comes with Wi-Fi, HSPDA, an 8-megapixel with AF, flash, and 720p video recording.

This handset is going to replace the smaller Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro which is available for sale on Prepaymania for £130 and above.

There are other such Android powered physical slider handsets in Motorola Milestone and HTC Desire Z which are cheaper but don’t match the Xperia Pro in specs.

3 prices up Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Apr 16th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

3-logo Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The gaming phone from Sony Ericsson, Xperia Play is now being offered by Three network though it does not seem cheap.

The handset is available for £35 per month on a 2 year contract and comes with 5000 texts, 500 minutes and 1GB data usage. However, you would have to shell out another £99 upfront for the handset and that means a bigger hole in your pocket.

In summary, the TCO (total cost of ownership) would be £939 and that sounds quite an expensive deal for a gaming phone compared to the handhelds. The handset is a SmartPhone as well but it has no 3D gaming.

Another plan available is the One Plan deal where the monthly tariff would be £40 but you would still have to pay £49 upfront. The package however gets a lot more in 2000 minutes, 5000 texts, and unlimited data usage.

With a sequel to Sony PSP on the cards later this year, the Xperia Play has an uphill task to stay on and win the battle against other such gaming gadgets. How it fares is something we all need to wait and watch.

Hallon and Anzu join Sony Ericsson’s PSP phone
Dec 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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TechRadar reports that three new Android handsets are on their way in the first half of 2011 quoting sources close to the news. The PSP phone code named as Zeus is the first in line and will mostly be a part of the Xperia family.

Sony Ericsson seems to build blocks in its budding Android basket by launching two more handsets viz., Anzu and Hallon.

Powered by Android, Anzu is going to be a refresh of the Xperia X10. It was a month ago that we heard of the Sony Ericsson Anzu being a 12 mega-pixel handset, a 4.3-inch screen and a very slim form factor.

And then there is Hallon that will land in the UK along with Anzu. Sony Ericsson Vivaz was one of the last Symbian powered handsets from Sony Ericsson. The Android version to be used is not yet known though Android 2.3 is expected to be there. SE for that matter has a bad reputation of keeping pace with the latest versions of OS.

The exact dates could not be confirmed but we expect that the UK release dates shall be out very soon. Keep listening.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – the experience and everything
Dec 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Sony is synonymous with innovation and going in line with this reputation, it has added another feather to its cap – X8. This is an introduction to its flagship Xperia range. X8 is larger than the Sony Ericsson X10 mini . However, it is smaller than the X10 irrespective of the fact that it is the Mini that it mostly resembles.

So, what is Sony Ericsson trying to do with its X8? It is evident that X8 is aimed at the lower end of the cost spectrum. This should give an idea as to why the handset is made out of plastic. This, however, gives it a wonderfully light feeling. This makes up for the brittle and budget-price feeling that one may have at the outset.

What sets X8 apart from the X10 mini is the fact that is slightly bigger (at least, looks that way) and has a better and bigger display (measuring all of 3 inches). The user interface of these two phones is pretty much the same – the four icons in each corner of the display, one each for messaging, music, dial-up pad and contacts.

Another exciting feature is the ease of customization to show your favorite features. A slide to the left of the home screen would bring a collection of home screens, each of which can be customized to show shortcuts or feeds. But one downside is the possibility of adding only one feature on each home screen. This certainly is a negative because there is nearly more than half an inch space available on the display. A move up the screen will show a 12-icon menu; slide from left to right and you will discover more features. This is precisely where you would find the apps that you can download from the Android market.

Social networking is also available – Timescape, the social streaming facility from Sony Ericsson. It integrates all the text messages, facebook updates, tweets into one feed; however, you see only one feed a time. The native Facebook app on the X8 is rather clumsy – you don’t get an acknowledgement after posting a link.

In fact, browsing is a rather disappointing feature in this version. The auto adjustment on pages is conspicuous by its absence and so is the zoom facility (more bad news…this won’t be available until the next upgrade in January)

The features make Sony Experia X8 a good phone within your budget but if you are on the lookout for a better smart phone and can afford few extra pounds each month, start looking somewhere!

Sony Ericsson Elm – Phone from Green Heart Technology
Dec 8th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

PrePayMania.co.uk has recently announced the launch of Sony Ericsson Elm, the phone from Green Heart technology and with PAYG connection.

sony-ericsson-elm-mobileSony Ericsson Elm is treated to be one of the most high tech mobile phone available in the market today, with most advanced features. The handset has been recently launched by Sony Ericsson and is available with Vodafone PAYAG connection. The gadget with these advanced features is pricing very reasonably and is very affordable one available in the market.

This handset is from Green Hear technology and is made up purely out of recycled plastic. Interfaced through 2.2 inches TFT screen with clear pictures in 256 K colors, the handset is equipped with a 5 Mega Pixel camera. The camera also comes with image enhancement feature. It has all other expected features like FM Radio and Music playing capabilities. This eco friendly gadget comes with unique CO2 calculator, which is one of unique features sported by this Smartphone. It also comes with network capabilities like WLAN, EDGE and 3G connectivity.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro for £20 per month from Three
Dec 1st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Xperia X10 Mini

The Xperia X10 Mini Pro can now be grabbed at just £20 per month with Three mobile. The monthly tariff for the handset has been slashed for the Internet Texter 600 plan.

Being a compact handset, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro offers loads of functionality than most handsets prevailing in the market. The stylish handset is a variation of the X10 offerings.

The 2.5 inch TFT screen coupled with its a16a-amillion colour combinations and a 240 x 320 pixel screen provides outstanding quality of colours. And a QWERTY keyboard sliding from behind the screen makes life easy with simple data entry options. A scratch resistant surface protects the screen.

Coming to connectivity, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro has an array of options including GPRS, EDGE, HSPDA and Wi-Fi. And to complete the suite of connectivity options, the X10 Mini Pro has Micro-USB and BlueTooth. The gadget comes with 128 MB in-built memory and a 2GB SD card which can be extended to 16GB. A-GPS feature in the handset provides satellite navigation via GPS.

A 5MP camera with auto-focus and an LED flash can help even a novice to shoot eye-catching pictures. And the camera can double up to help you capture VGA quality video at 30 frames per second. A Stereo FM Radio and an MP3/MP4 player make it invincible.

Mobile internet is on a roll and the gadget offers a variety of apps such as Google search, maps, Gmail, YouTube and Google talk. Powered by the Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor and the Android platform, this feature-rich phone is awesome.

Click here to view Sony Ericsson X10 Mini deals from OBIL.co.uk

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 available at 10 GBP per month
Nov 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

O2 has come up with a very lucrative offer for Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. It has stacked up Android based smart phone, X8 and making it available to customers for 10 GBP per month and handset for a 2 year long contract.

240 GBP for two years not only allows customers to buy this Android based Sony Ericsson make Smartphone, but also gives them some free SMS and free talk time minutes. This offer makes it even lucrative for first time Smart Phone buyers.

Flip side of the offer and revenue earner for O2 is, along with this 10 GBP user will get only 50 minutes of talk time, which can be treated as no offer at all for mobile users. In other words mobile users will end up in paying more every month, but still is best offer to own a Smart Phone at literally throw away price.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 now for just £19.38 per month
Nov 12th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Xperia X10 white

The news is that the Xperia X10 from Sony Ericsson is being offered online retailers for as low as £19.38 per month on a 24-month contract. Analysts aver that this signifies the possible launch of another product from the technology behemoth soon.

Xperia X10 has already got Android 2.1 OS upgrade and the discounted price for the Xperia X10 could as well hint at the possibility of a PSP (Playstation Phone) in near future.

Orange through Buymobilephones.net has the Xperia X10 white or black version on offer for £20 per month on various packages and it also offers a £15 automatic cash-back.

Named as Dolphin 20, Racoon 20 and Canary 20, the three packages pack a good punch. The first one has unlimited texts, 100 minutes and 250MB data, the second has 200 minutes, unlimited UK landline calls, and 300 texts while the third one has 200 minutes and unlimited texts.

T-Mobile offers the handset otherwise for £430 along with an 18-month contract. You get to have 300 minutes, 1GB data allowance, and 300 texts. Looking at the total cost of ownership, this package sounds great as it has a lot more to offer.

Xperia X10 is more user-friendly to view anything on the TFT screen, which comes with a scratch-resistant glass so that the handset is shielded from day-to-day wear and tear. It has got 1GB of internal memory storage expandable up to 16GB.

Apart from a hand free communication supported by 3.5mm audio jack, it has got sophisticated technical features such as EDGE, 3G HSDPA and GPRS at the speed of 7.2 Mbps. Users can access various sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Flickr, thanks to the Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth with A2DP, and HTML web browsers.

The users will find it more convenient to hold and easy to use. The extraordinary 8MP camera comes with image stabilizer, geo-tagging, auto-focus, and LED flash. Users can experience full fun and amusement, thanks to the FM radio with RDS system. Various other features such as organiser, A-GPS system, voice memo, calculator, T9, etc can be explored using this amazing XPERIA X10 White.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 leaps to Android 2.1
Nov 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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We can no way comment whether it was intentional or not but Samsung made Sony Ericsson’s efforts to move forward look smaller when it upgraded its Galaxy S handset to Android 2.2 even as Sony Ericsson upgraded its Xperia X1o users to Android 2.1 after a long wait.

Sony Ericsson has stayed way behind its peers with regard to Android updates. Most of  the OEMs have been with Android 2.1 for better part of this year while some manufacturers like HTC lapped up Android 2.2 very soon. SE though has languished at Android 1.6 and the upgrade to Android 2.1 is surely a welcome change for its users though it is not enough to stop tongues wagging.

For the record, SE did not make noise about the Android 2.1 roll-out though it actually started a week ago across Europe.

Decades later if you happen to talk about internet on mobile phones, you might talk about 5th November 2010 as the “Belated Android update Friday”.

Click here to view Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 deals from OBIL.co.uk

Sony Ericsson W595 Black now on PAYG
Oct 10th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Vodafone logo Sony Ericsson W595

For those who want to own the Sony Ericsson W595 Black rather than going for monthly contracts, the handset is now available on Pay As you Go (PAYG). The handset comes in other hues like pink and white too.

The Sony Ericsson W595 is a sleek handset with 2.2 inch colour display. It has an alphanumeric keypad that slides out from a rubberised curved chassis.

The handset boasts of its music features as it comes equipped with Sony Walkman 3.0. The mobile phone thus doubles up into a music player with stunning sound quality as you capitalize on the in-built stereo speakers. The shared headphone jack only tops it up.

Thanks to expandable memory upto 8GB and a 3.2 megapixel camera helps you shoot good imagery apart from being able to record videos. It also has FM Radio, and GPS powered by Google Maps.

Vodafone has priced the Sony Ericsson W595 Black at just £69.37 on Pay As You Go (PAYG).

Virgin Mobile on contract from Sony Ericsson Cedar
Oct 10th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Virgin Cedar

Virgin Mobile has confirmed that it has stocked the Sony Ericsson Cedar and that the handset is up for grabs on monthly contracts. The Cedar is now available for monthly deals starting at £20 per month through which you get the handset free, 3000 texts, 200 minutes and 1GB data.

If you are amongst those who are looking forward to reduce their carbon footprint the Cedar is a great fit as it is a member of the GreenHeart range of handsets from Sony Ericsson. The mobile phone is manufactured from recycled plastic, has an energy efficient charger and it comes with reduced packaging.

With its compact candy bar looks, a 2.2 inch colour display and a unique metallic design, the Sony Ericsson Cedar looks good too. At its affordable pricing, the mobile comes with an impressive array of features like 3G connectivity, and a 2 MP camera with video recording capabilities.

The Cedar helps you keep up with friends and family on social networking sites thanks to the Twitter and Facebook integrations. The Cedar comes equipped with an in-built media player, so that you can watch videos on the move and you can as well listen to music.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 gets shipped
Oct 10th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Four months after its official announcement, Sony Ericsson launched Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 and the shipments are out. The mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson which aims to spread the Xperia’s overall brand appeal to the new market segments unveiled the new Xperia X8 smartphone around July after its success of the Xperia X10.

Powered by Android 1.6, the Xperiad X8 sounds a tad too antique but Sony Ericsson has promised to upgrade the handset to Android 2.1 later this year.

The amazing handset which provides great entertainment to its users features a 3-inch HVGA capacitive touch-screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a simple four-cornered user interface, a full Web browser, video streaming support, FM radio, an on-board music player with PlayNow and TrackID and social networks access via Timescape.

The Xperia X8 is powered by a 600MHz processor combined with Google’s popular Android OS 1.6 version. Other specs of the gadget are Wi-Fi and Buletooth connectivity, AGPS, 128MB of memory along with a 2GB microSD card, expandable storage capacity up to 16GB. It also supports a range of Google’s services like Maps, Street View, Search and the Android Market.

The handset comes in two-tone colour choices of aqua blue & white, dark blue & white, silver & white and pink & white.

Sony Ericsson Spiro for £59.99, courtesy Virgin Media
Sep 12th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Virgin Spiro

Mobile service provider, Virgin Media has got a new low-priced mobile phone up its sleeve in the form of the Sony Ericsson Walkman series phone, Spiro. The Sony Ericsson Spiro is being touted as the perfect phone for music lovers by Virgin.

Spiro can be picked up for £49.99 if bought with a £10 credit on Pay As You Go. Powered by Sony Ericsson’s Walkman branding, Spiro has FM Radio in-built along with an MP3 player.

The handset comes with a free 2GB memory card which can easily be expanded to 16GB enabling you to save an array of multimedia files.

The low-priced handset comes spruced up with an impressive 2 megapixel camera, and pre-loaded apps for Twitter and Facebook so that you can keep up with all near and dear.

It has been around 5 months that Sony Ericsson unveiled the Spiro and it noted that its Walkman range of mobile phones had clocked sales of 130 million across the globe since its 2005 launch.

SIM Free Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 for £340
Aug 5th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Sony Ericsson Logo Xperia X8

The mobile phone milestone maker Sony Ericsson which aims to spread the Xperia’s overall brand appeal to the new market segments unveils the new Xperia X8 smartphone after its success of the Xperia X10. Sony Ericsson is all set to launch the handset in Q3.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is geared up to be released by O2 UK in September. According to Handtec, the SIM free Xperia X8 will come with a price tag of £341 which is little expensive than that of the HTC Desire and other handsets like Motorola XT720 released recently, costing not more than that.

Coming to Engadget, the handset will be costing around £215 at the time of its launch. However, no source has been provided to support this figure. Unfortunately, the handset will run on Google’s Android OS 1.6 version given the fact that the beta version of the Android OS 3.0 will be out by then.

The amazing handset which is bundled with awesome multimedia capabilities features a 3-inch HVGA capacitive touch-screen, a 3.2 MP camera, a full Web browser, video streaming support, FM radio and an on-board music player with PlayNow & TrackID.

Other specs of the gadget are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, AGPS and 128MB of memory expandable up to 16GB. It also supports a range of Google’s services like Maps, Street View, Search and the Android Market.

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