New phone on the block

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a new addition to its Walkman family of mobile phones – the W900i.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  January 25, 2006

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a new addition to its Walkman family of mobile phones – the W900i. This 148g device is the first phone in the firm’s Walkman series to feature support for 3G network services. This means that users of the new phone can now download music and conduct video conferencing without using a PC, providing their in-country telecoms network is 3G-enabled. 3G network services are currently available in Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE and Qatar. “The W900i is an ideal companion for busy people who like to keep their gadgets simple and compact,” stated Husni El-Assi, general manager of Sony Ericsson, Middle East and Africa. “It’s for clients who require a superb variety of functions – voice calls, video conference, video streaming, text, MMS, directory and a lot more – with excellent and smooth download speed for music, video, games and graphics in just one unit.” Like its predecessor - the $452 W800i - the W900i comes with a two-megapixel digital camera, FM radio and Bluetooth functionality. On the storage front, the phone boasts an internal memory of 470Mbytes, which the firm claims is good for between 120 and 240 songs in MP3 format. Users can also purchase a Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo, which offer up to 2Gbytes of extra capacity. This in contrast to the 800i, which comes with 32Mbytes of internal RAM and a 500Mbyte memory stick. The firm’s $517 W900i is currently available in store across the region and will compete with Motorola’s recently launched $370 ROKR E1 music phone and Nokia’s new N90.

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