Sony Ericsson Satio: Idou comes to market in Q4

May 28, 2009
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Sony Ericsson have officially announced their flagship touchscreen cellphone, the Satio.  Formerly known as the Idou, the Sony Ericsson Satio features a 3.5-inch 16:9 widescreen resistive touchscreen, quadband GSM and UMTS, together with GPS and WiFi.  There's also a 12.1-megapixel camera with autofocus, face-detection, geotagging, an image stabilizer and Xenon flash.

 

Video demo after the cut

The touchscreen runs at 640 x 350 resolution, ideal for showing off photos and video content, and under the hood the Satio runs S60 5th edition.  Google Maps is preloaded, as is a Facebook client, YouTube viewer and full internet browser, and there's an on-screen full-sized landscape keyboard, a compact mini-QWERTY, T9 and handwriting recognition.

The Sony Ericsson Satio will launch in October, in three colors: black, silver and bordeaux.  No word on pricing, but don't expect it to be a cheap handset.

Hands-on video and gallery with the Satio here

 

Press Release:

Visual communication like never before with the Sony Ericsson Satio

Get the ultimate multimedia experience with Satio. Feast your eyes on movies, TV-series’ and video clips thanks to the 3.5 inch screen and crystal clear 16:9 widescreen format – just like watching them live. A friend pulling a funny pose? Snap them with the amazing 12.1 megapixel camera and share the picture with friends.

London, UK – May 28, 2009 – Sony Ericsson today announced Satio which provides you access to all your media in one place – just tap directly into your favourite features with the five standby panels and you’re ready to go. First introduced in Barcelona as the ‘Idou’, Satio puts the future of mobile entertainment in the palm of your hand. You can watch your favourite movies on the bus or catch up with your TV shows while on your lunch break thanks to Satio.

“With Satio you can enjoy any form of entertainment anytime, anywhere. Whether its music or movies you will never be more than a tap away from your favourite tracks or shows,” said Fredrik Mansson, Market Business Manager at Sony Ericsson. “Just tap directly into your favourite videos and music with the unique full touch media menu, standby panels and music player. Snapping perfect pictures also just got so simple thanks to the 12.1 megapixel camera, intuitive touch focus and Xenon flash. Share them with your nearest and dearest via your social networking site, produce huge prints and you can even comment directly on your images.”

Download exciting music, movies and games from PlayNow™ arena to personalise your entertainment experience on Satio and enjoy them in crystal clear 16:9 widescreen format. PlayNow™ arena provides a full range of mobile entertainment available by dual download to both your PC and mobile phone with specially developed ring tones and music tones and DRM-free music tracks and TrackID™ charts from around the world.

Satio
Visual communication like never before

True 16:9, 3.5 inch widescreen – feast your eyes on movies
Express yourself through images – 12.1 megapixel camera, intuitive touch focus, Xenon flash and face and smile detection
Web albums with messages – talk through pictures and share your experiences
Intuitive full touch media menu – tap directly into your favourites, from web pages to pictures and media files
Symbian Foundation operating system – thousands of applications available online
Music player – play your tunes loud and proud
To make your listening experience even better team Satio with the smallest headset on the market, the Wireless Stereo Headphones HBH-IS800 to listen in crystal clear sound. Alternatively, maximise your mobile video experience with the Video Viewing Stand IM920.

Satio supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/2100. Satio will be available in selected markets from early Q4 in the colours; Black, Silver and Bordeaux.

The Sony Ericsson Satio at a glance

Satio
Camera

12.1 megapixel camera
Up to 12x digital zoom
Auto focus
BestPic™
Face detection
Geo tagging of photos
Image stabilizer
Photo feeds
Photo fix
Send to web
Red-eye reduction
Smile detection
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording
Xenon flash
Music

Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™
TrackID™
Web

WebKit web browser
Bookmarks
Web feeds
Communication

Call list
Speakerphone
Vibrating alert
Video calling
Messaging

Conversations
Email
Exchange ActiveSync™
Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Design

Auto rotate
Gesture control
Media
Picture wallpaper
S60 5th edition Symbian™ OS
Touchscreen
Wallpaper animation
Entertainment

HD and 3D games
Facebook™ application
FM radio with RDS
Java
Video streaming
Video viewing
YouTube™
Connectivity

Bluetooth™ technology
Modem
PictBridge
Synchronisation
TV out
USB mass storage
USB support
In-built WiFi™
Organizer

Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Contacts
Document readers
Document editors
Flight mode
Notes
Tasks
Location-based services

A-GPS
Google Maps™
Turn-by-turn navigation
Accessories
In-Box:

Satio
Battery
Battery Charger
8GB Memory card
USB cable
Media manager
Colour-matched stereo portable handsfree
User guide
Optional:

Video Viewing Stand IM920
Facts and Figures

Size: 112 x 55 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 126 grams
Colours: Black, Silver and Bordeaux
Main screen: 16,777,216 colour nHD TFT
16:9 widescreen
Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels
Size: 3.5 inches
Phone memory: 128 MB
Memory Card Support: SanDisk microSD™
Availability and versions
Networks:

Satio

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSDPA 2100
Satio(a)

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
Available in selected markets from early Q4 2009.
Legal

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant.

2) Talk and standby times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. games. Kit contents and color options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.


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