Sony Ericsson Satio: Idou comes to market in Q4

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

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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.


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



12.1 megapixel camera

Up to 12x digital zoom

Auto focus


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


Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Media player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)




WebKit web browser


Web feeds


Call list


Vibrating alert

Video calling




Exchange ActiveSync™

Handwriting recognition

Instant messaging

On-screen QWERTY keyboard

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)


Auto rotate

Gesture control


Picture wallpaper

S60 5th edition Symbian™ OS


Wallpaper animation


HD and 3D games

Facebook™ application

FM radio with RDS


Video streaming

Video viewing



Bluetooth™ technology




TV out

USB mass storage

USB support

In-built WiFi™


Alarm clock




Document readers

Document editors

Flight mode



Location-based services


Google Maps™

Turn-by-turn navigation





Battery Charger

8GB Memory card

USB cable

Media manager

Colour-matched stereo portable handsfree

User guide


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



GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900



GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100

Available in selected markets from early Q4 2009.


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.