Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, Cedar & Yendo with Walkman get official; Android 2.1 for XPERIA in Q3

Jun 16, 2010
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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, Cedar & Yendo with Walkman get official; Android 2.1 for XPERIA in Q3

Sony Ericsson has officially announced its new XPERIA X8 smartphone, a 3-inch Android handset slotting in-between the current X10 and X10 mini models, together with the Sony Ericsson Yendo with Walkman handset, using the same XPERIA UI, and a new "Greenheart" phone, the Sony Ericsson Cedar, which the company reckons is more earth-friendly than other devices.  Of interest to existing XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro owners is the news that Sony Ericsson plan to offer an Android 2.1 upgrade "from Q3 onwards in selected markets" and that the X10 will get additional features in Q4 too.

Those additional X10 features will include the ability to wirelessly connect the phone to your TV so as to display content stored on the handset, together with tweaks to the Sony Ericsson Timescape and Mediascape apps.  In the Q3 Android 2.1 update, the X10 will also get HD video recording abilities.

As for the new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, that runs Android 1.6 with the company's distinctive UI and Timescape/Mediascape apps, has a 3-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, UMTS (either 900/2100 or 800/1900/2100), WiFi and A-GPS, along with a 600MHz processor and a 3.2-megapixel camera.  It has all the usual Google Android apps, and will arrive in Q3 2010 in a choice of colors: White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, or Silver/ White.

Meanwhile, the Sony Ericsson Yendo with Walkman has a 2.6-inch display and the same XPERIA UI, though doesn't actually appear to run Android underneath.  It has a basic 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and maximum EDGE data.  The Yendo with Walkman will also drop in Q3 2010, in black, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, silver, white or yellow.

Finally, the Sony Ericsson Cedar promises a decent mobile social networking experience, with Facebook, Twitter and MySpace integration, 3G, a 2-megapixel camera (capable of 30fps VGA video recording), ActiveSync support and a 2.2-inch display.  It, too, will drop in Q3 2010, in a choice of black/silver or black/red.

Over at GSMHelpDesk they've got hands-on with the X8, the Yendo and the Cedar; they've also been told that the X8 will retail for €259 ($319) and the Yendo for €99 ($121).

Press Release:

Sony Ericsson delivers the most entertaining smartphones

· Sony Ericsson brings together the very best of communication and entertainment in its Xperia™ collection

· The Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro will all receive software upgrades from Q3 onwards in selected markets. Additional features to be added to the X10 in Q4.

· The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 extends the range of the most entertaining smartphones

Singapore – June 16, 2010 – Xperia™ brings consumers the best communication and entertainment experiences, delivered in a collection of smartphones to give consumers choice in size and style.

The Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro smartphones will all receive software upgrades during their lifecycle to improve performance and add new communication and entertainment experiences. From Q3 2010 onwards, the Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro smartphones will be upgraded to run on the Android 2.1 operating system in selected markets. The Xperia™ X10’s position as the best multimedia Android smartphone will be strengthened through the addition of HD video recording as part of the same Q3 upgrade. A further upgrade to the Xperia™ X10 in Q4 will make it possible to connect wirelessly to and display content on your television and enhance the Timescape™ and Mediascape applications.

Xperia™ smartphones add best-in-class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as applications (apps), maps, email and fast internet connection to create the most entertaining smartphones. The Xperia™ X10 is the flagship of the Xperia™ collection and has an 8.1 megapixel camera and 4-inch screen for best in class multimedia creation and viewing. Signature applications such as Mediascape and Timescape™ help you to organise content and bring your multimedia and communication alive.

In addition to features and applications, design is essential to the entertainment experience. Sony Ericsson’s human curvature design philosophy is applied across the portfolio to package the technology into products that look and feel great. Using design innovation, Sony Ericsson makes the Xperia™ smartphones available with a choice of size and style.

Steve Walker, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson, commented, “Sony Ericsson’s vision is to be the communication entertainment brand. We are focusing strongly on the smartphone market and specifically on creating the most entertaining smartphones. Sony Ericsson is uniquely positioned to do this thanks to our experience in creating Walkman and Cybershot phones and the strong collaboration with our parent company Sony.”

Today Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia™ X8, which will build on the success of the X10 and the mini products and extend the most entertaining smartphones collection to an even broader audience.

Introducing the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is a great entertainment smartphone that extends the appeal of the Xperia™ collection to new market segments. The user interface is similar to that of the Xperia™ X10 mini, with the four-corners that give easy one hand use and can be customised for one touch access to your favourite applications. The Xperia™ X8 also includes Timescape™ for easy access to all your social networking and the infinite button for one click access to a world of content. The open Android operating system delivers great smartphone functionality and access to thousands of applications on Android Market™. Timo Maassmann, Product Marketing Manager for XperiaTM X8, said, “We are delighted to be able to bring the full experience of our XperiaTM smartphones to new consumers by delivering a fully featured device at a more accessible price point.”

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is perfect for enjoying multimedia entertainment. Whether it’s a game from the Android Market™, the latest funny clips on YouTube™ or browsing the web, the 3-inch screen means you won’t miss a thing. Discover and download songs from PlayNow™, then listen to all your music using the 3.5mm headphone jack. If you are feeling more creative, there’s a 3.2 MP camera and video recording functionality.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 - Key features

· Four corners for easy one hand use and one touch access to applications

· Customise the four corners with your favourite apps and add widgets to your homescreens

· Enjoy games, video, internet and more on the 3-inch screen

· Timescape™ shows all your communication in one place for ultimate simplicity

· Android Market™ – thousands of applications to keep you entertained

· 3.2 MP camera – snap away and upload instantly to Facebook™

The XPERIA™ X8 supports GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 900/2100 and UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900/2100

The XPERIA™ X8 will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colours White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, Silver/ White.

Log on to The Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products

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The Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X8 at a glance

Camera 3.2 MP camera

Direct picture upload to Facebook™

Geo tagging

Sony Ericsson Album application

Video recording
Music Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

PlayNow™

Sony Ericsson Music Player

TrackID™
Web

Bookmarks

Pan and zoom

WebKit web browser
Communication

Facebook™ application

Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Messaging

Push email

Instant messaging

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® support with Dataviz™ RoadSync™

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Text messaging (SMS)
Design

Auto rotate

Picture wallpaper

Capacitive touchscreen
Entertainment

Infinite button

Sony Ericsson FM radio

Video streaming

Video viewing
Organiser

Calendar

Flight mode

Phone book with dialer

Sony Ericsson Home with Widget

Notes
Location-based services

A-GPS

Google Maps™

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)

*The service may not be available in every market. For more information, go to www.sonyericsson.wisepilot.com
Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack

Bluetooth™ technology

Micro USB connector

NeoReader® barcode scanning app

Sony Ericsson Sync

USB mass storage

USB support

Wi-Fi™
Google™ services

Android Market™ Client

Gmail™

Google Calendar™

Google LatitudeTM

Google Maps™ with Street View

Google search widget

Google Talk™

YouTube™
Screen

16,777,216 colour TFT touchscreen

Capacitive touchscreen

3- inches

320 x 480 pixels (HVGA)

Scratch-resistant (min. pencil hardness 6H)
Accessories In-Box:

· XPERIA™ X8

· Battery 1200mAh

· Stereo portable handsfree

· 2 GB microSD™ card

· Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer

· User documentation

Optional:

· Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600

· Portable Stereo Speakers MS450

· Hi-Fi Headset with Remote MH810
Facts 1)2) Size: 99 x 54 x 15 mm

Weight: 104g

Phone memory: Up to 128 MB

Memory card support: microSD™ up to 16GB

Memory card included: 2 GB

Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6

Processor: 600MHz

Availability and versions Networks

UMTS HSPA 900/2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

Available in selected markets from Q3 2010
Colour White

Dark Blue/White

Aqua Blue/White

Pink/White

Silver/White

Legal

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network

preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.

© Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, 2010

The Liquid Identity logo, Xperia, PlayNow and TrackID are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Sony is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Ericsson is the trademark or registered trademark of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. Additional information regarding trademarks may be located on our website at: www.sonyericsson.com/cws/common/legal/disclaimer.

Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. All terms are subject to change without prior notice.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, SE-221 88 Lund, Sweden.

Printed in January 2010, R1A

Sony Ericsson is a 50/50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson established in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London and operations in major markets around the world. Sony Ericsson’s strategy is to become the industry leader in mobile Communication Entertainment, through new styles of interaction across the internet and social media. Sony Ericsson offers exciting consumer experiences through innovative and feature rich phones, accessories, content and applications. For more information, please see: www.sonyericsson.com/press.

Enjoy fast and easy connection to your communities with the Sony Ericsson Cedar™

· Access your favourite social networks right from your stand-by screen

· Experience fast connection with 3G HSDPA

Singapore – June 16 – Today sees the announcement of Sony Ericsson Cedar™, the mobile phone for consumers looking for an easy way to stay connected at an affordable price. The phone offers consumers fast and easy browsing capabilities with features such as 3G HSDPA and easy access to e-mail and social networking sites.

With Sony Ericsson Cedar™, consumers benefit from key features which they have come to expect from Sony Ericsson. The phone offers users an easy-to-use social networking experience with the Widget Manager 2.0 – an application which allows users access social networking via the stand-by screen. In addition, the phone also features the human curvature design that is now consistent across the Sony Ericsson portfolio.

“Sony Ericsson Cedar™ is the ideal product for consumers who are looking for the perfect balance between a business and social device.” said Quentin Cordier, Global Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson. “Featuring 3G HSDPA, a 3.5mm jack and a port for easy connection to your laptop – the Sony Ericsson Cedar™ is an affordable GreenHeart™ phone which allows consumers to easily connect to their various communities whether it’s for work, fun or play.”

Sony Ericsson Cedar™

· Widget Manager 2.0 allows easy access to your favourite social network and applications

· Social network applications – Facebook™, Twitter and MySpace

· Keep contacts close – hassle-free phone book transfer and web backup

· Stay organised with calendar, phone book, email

· Fast browsing with 3G and direct access to the web browser

· EAS Push email and modem connectivity

· Connect your headphones on the 3.5mm jack and enjoy music, video on the go.

· Capture the moment with the 2Mp camera and send it by MMS

· Human curvature design – fits into the palm of the hand

· GreenHeart™ – for a greener choice

In line with the company’s GreenHeart™ commitment, Sony Ericsson Cedar™ features various green credentials such as recycled plastics, a low power consumption charger, an e-manual, waterborne paint and compact packaging. The phone is perfect for businesses that are looking for a green alternative as it offers push mail, Bluetooth™ connectivity and HSDPA. For more information on the GreenHeart™ programme and Sony Ericsson’s overall sustainability programme, please visit www.sonyericsson.com/greenheart.

The Sony Ericsson Cedar™ supports UMTS HSDPA 2100 and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSDPA 850/1900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

The Sony Ericsson Cedar ™ will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colours Black/Silver and Black/Red.

Log on to The Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products

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Sony Ericsson Cedar™

Camera 2 megapixel camera

Video recording

VGA @ 30 fps
Music Media player
Web

Bookmarks

Web browser (Access Netfront™ 3.5)
Voice

Call list

Conference calls

Phone book

Speakerphone
Messaging

Conversations

Email

Exchange ActiveSync®

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)
Design

Navigation key

Picture wallpaper

Wallpaper animation
Entertainment

Games

Radio (FM)

Video streaming

YouTube ™
Organiser

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Flight mode

Notes

Phone book

Stopwatch

Tasks

Timer

Widget manager
Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack

Bluetooth™ technology

Synchronisation

USB mass storage

USB support
Applications and panels

Widget Manager applications :

Facebook™ application *

Twitter™ application

MySpace ™ application

Notes

Calendar
GreenHeart™ identity

Low consumption charger

Small packaging

E-manual

Recycled plastic

Waterborne paint
Screen

Size (diagonal) 2.2 inches

262K Colors TFT
Size and weight Size: 111 x 49 x 15.5 mm

Weight: 84 grams
Battery life Talk time (GSM): 12 hours 30 min *

Standby time (GSM): 420 hours *

Talk time (UMTS) 4 hours 56 min * TBD

Standby time (UMTS) 475 hours * TBD

* According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique
Accessories

Battery BST-43

Micro USB Charger
Availability and versions Available from Q3 2010
Colour Black/Silver and Black/Red

Legal

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network

preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.

© Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, 2010

The Liquid Identity logo is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Sony is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Ericsson is the trademark or registered trademark of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. Additional information regarding trademarks may be located on our website at: www.sonyericsson.com/cws/common/legal/disclaimer.

Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. All terms are subject to change without prior notice.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, SE-221 88 Lund, Sweden.

Printed in January 2010, R1A

Sony Ericsson is a 50/50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson established in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London and operations in major markets around the world. Sony Ericsson’s strategy is to become the industry leader in mobile Communication Entertainment, through new styles of interaction across the internet and social media. Sony Ericsson offers exciting consumer experiences through innovative and feature rich phones, accessories, content and applications. For more information, please see: www.sonyericsson.com/press.

One touch away from a unique Walkman™ phone experience

· Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™ – the first full touch Walkman™ phone

· Combines four corner touch UI from the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ family with award-winning Walkman™ phone experience

Singapore – June 16 2010 – Today Sony Ericsson announces the Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™, the first full touch Walkman™ phone which combines music, social networking and communication in one colourful phone. Benefitting from the innovative four corner touch UI debuted on the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini pro, the Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™ really brings music to consumers’ fingertips.

Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™ gives consumers the ultimate iconic award-winning* Walkman™ phone experience but also allows consumers to show their individuality. Consumers have a number of colour combinations to choose from so they can personalise their handset to suit their mood and make sure it stands out from the crowd. The four corner touch UI also allows users to find the most important phone features in one easy and fun one hand operation. So whether it’s text messaging, Facebook™ or email, users can experience a unique and individual touch experience on a crystal clear and 2.6’’ display.

Experience a full touch Walkman™ phone with the Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™:

· Music – jam-packed with Walkman™ phone features, including Touch TrackID™, MediaGo and PlayNow™

· Social – access to social networking such as Facebook™, Twitter™, or Orkut™ 2.0megapixel camera to upload photos straight to the web or send to friends

· Communication – easily browse the web and chat or e-mail your family and friends

· Four corners, four icons – everything you want at your fingertips

“With more than 140 million Walkman™ phones sold world-wide and touch screen technology increasingly gaining popularity, we have listened to consumers and provided them with the perfect combination – the first full touch Walkman™ phone, the Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™. Marrying the popular four corner UI debuted on the successful Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 mini, with our award winning Walkman™ phone experience, consumers now have a unique Communication Entertainment experience.” Said Jenny Maltesson, Product Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™

Full touch Walkman™ phone

· Touch Walkman™ player – music at fingertips

· Touch TrackID™ – find out the name of that song with just one touch

· PlayNow™ – access favourite and new songs quickly and easily

· MediaGo – transfer your music from a PC to the mobile phone

· Four corner UI – access Walkman™ player, contacts, keypad and more with just one touch

· Easy navigation – easy access to your favourite web pages

· Express yourself with one of the ten RTL colours

· Social networking – Facebook™ or Twitter™ away

· 3.5mm stereo jack – play personal

The Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™ supports GSM GPRS/EDGE Rx 850/1900 and GSM GPRS/EDGE Rx 900/1800

The Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™ will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colours: Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White and Yellow.

Log on to The Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products

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The Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™

Camera 2.0 megapixel camera

4x digital zoom
Music Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Walkman™ player

Music player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™

TrackID™
Web

Bookmarks

Google™ search (from standby)
Communication

Speakerphone

Vibrating alert
Messaging

Conversations

Email

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)
Design Touchscreen
Entertainment

Facebook™ application

Orkut™ application

Twitter™ application

FM radio

Java

Video viewing
Organiser

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Document readers

Flight mode

Notes

Phone book
Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack AVP

Bluetooth™ technology

Micro USB connector

Modem

USB mass storage

USB support
Preloaded applications

Facebook™ – social networking

Twitter – social networking

Brick Breaker Rev

Night Club Fever
Screen

Colours: 262,144 colour TFT

Resolution: 320x240 pixels

Size (diagonal : 2:6 inches
Accessories In-Box:

· Sony Ericsson Yendo™ with Walkman™

· Battery

· Stereo portable handsfree

· Charger

· USB cable

· User documentation

Optional:

· Hi-Fi Headset with Remote MH810

· Screen protector

· Portable Stereo Speakers MS450
Facts 1)2) Size: 93.5 x 52 x 15.8 mm

Weight: 81 grams

Phone memory: Up to 5MB

Operating system: Sony Ericsson Proprietary

Processor: 720MHz

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 3.5hrs

Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 312hrs

CPU ARM946 @ 156Mhz
Availability and versions Networks

GSM GPRS/EDGERx 850/1900

GSM GPRS/EDGERx 900/1800

Available in selected markets in Q3 2010
Colour Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White and Yellow
*W910 Walkman™ phone Best Handset at the GSM Association’s 13th Global Mobile Awards 2008.

Legal

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network

preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.

© Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, 2010

The Liquid Identity logo is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Sony is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Ericsson is the trademark or registered trademark of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. Additional information regarding trademarks may be located on our website at: www.sonyericsson.com/cws/common/legal/disclaimer.

Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. All terms are subject to change without prior notice.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, SE-221 88 Lund, Sweden.

Printed in January 2010, R1A

Sony Ericsson is a 50/50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson established in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London and operations in major markets around the world. Sony Ericsson’s strategy is to become the industry leader in mobile Communication Entertainment, through new styles of interaction across the internet and social media. Sony Ericsson offers exciting consumer experiences through innovative and feature rich phones, accessories, content and applications. For more information, please see: www.sonyericsson.com/press.


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