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Sony Ericsson launches 9.4mm-thin Walkman

New music phone is slimmest yet

Sony Ericsson has announced a new Walkman music phone - its slimmest handset yet. The product is one of several announced ahead of the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona next week.

The W880 packs music features into its 9.4mm-thin mobile-phone design: the handset comes preloaded with Walkman Player 2.0, Disc2Phone music management and TrackID music-recognition applications. A 1GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card, capable of storing up to 900 tunes, is included in the box.

The handset also features a 1.8in QVGA, 262k TFT display, a 2Mp camera and the Bluetooth Music Receiver MBR-100 system. This discreet accessory uses short-range wireless technology to stream music from the user's phone directly to a home or car stereo, using the phone as a remote control to alter the volume or skip through tracks.

In addition, the phone provides a flight mode for use on airplanes and is equipped with a battery capable of playing music up to 20 hours or offering 6.5 hours of talk time.

The W880 music phone is based on the GSM standard and supports both the GPRS and 3G technologies. It offers a range of communication services, such as a push email, web surfing and video streaming.

Sony Ericsson will also provide a GSM variant of the Walkman music phone, the W88, without video telephony capability, for the Chinese market.

A slightly larger Walkman phone, minus a few features, is the W610.

The W880 music phone will be available in selected markets in the first quarter, with the W610 to follow in the second quarter. Prices were not available.

Among the other new products is a series of low-end, easy-to-use handsets, which Sony Ericsson calls "candy bar" phones.

The K200 phone has a camera and a central navigation key to give one-click access to key features. The K220, another camera phone, has an integrated FM radio, which can store up to 10 stations.

The J110 and J120 phones, which lack a camera, offer large legible keys and easy navigation.


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