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Sony Ericsson W902 - Future phone

Sony Ericsson W902

Sony Ericsson W902

25 July 2008
Written by Mike Meers

Sony Ericsson have released a trio of new Walkman handsets this week at a press conference in London. The W902 is the flagship of the three new devices, and sports exciting features such a an 8GB memory card in the sales package, HSDPA support, a 240 x 320 pixel TFT LCD and a 5mpx digital camera.

The candy-bar form factor handset will come in three colour variants: volcanic black, wine red, and earth green. The W902’s 262,144 colour LCD display is positioned above a row of circular navigation/dedicated functionality keys, with the usual numerical keypad below that.

At the heart of the W902 (and all Walkman handsets) is music. Although the handset only has 25MB of internal shared memory the sales package includes an 8GB Memory Stick Micro card for storage of up to 8,000 songs (or so Sony Ericsson say, using an eAAC+ codec). The Walkman application has all the features of a dedicated music player including album art, and can also be controlled shaking the handset! In a recent test in Germany by TESTfactory* the W902 was rated “best audio experience,” alongside the soon to be released W890.

A 5mpx auto focus digital camera is positioned on the back of the W902 for recording video and capturing still images. There is an LED flash for low light settings, up to 16x digital zoom, image stabilisation functionality, BestPic, and support for direct picture and video blogging.

The W902 supports GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900MHz 2G networks with additional support for the UMTS 2100MHz band. GPRS and EDGE protocols are supported on the 2G network bands with UMTS and HSDPA on the 3G band for smooth streaming video and fast web downloads. An Access NetFront web browser is pre-installed for Internet browsing.

For local connectivity there is Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0. Transferring large batches of MP3’s and moving data to and from the handset is as easy as drag & drop with support for the USB Mass Storage Device profile. And if your printer supports it, the W902 can be plugged directly in for printing of high quality shots.

Additional features include a stereo FM radio with RDS technology, PIM applications including an organiser, Java application environment with 3D support, and out of the box support for Exchange ActiveSync e-mail services.

The handset weighs in at just under 100 grams (99.8 grams) and measures 110 x 49 x 11.7mm. It will be available in the Australian market from around Q4 2008.

* From Sony Ericsson: The TESTfactory is an independent testing laboratory of Motor Presse Stuttgart, which is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 and is accredited in accordance with ISO / IEC 17025.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson W902
(ETA 4th quarter of 2008 for EMEA)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
Form factor Candybar
Size 110 x 49 x 11.7mm
Weight 99.8 grams
Display 2.2” 262K TFT colour LCD at 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh^
Talk/usage time* Up to 9 hours* (2G)
Up to 4 hours* (3G)
Standby time* Up to 380 hours* (2G)
Up to 360 hours* (3G)
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 and USB version 2.0 (with Mass Storage Device profile and PictBridge support)
Camera support 5pmx auto-focus camera with LED flash, BestPic, image stabilisation, and digital zoom up to 16x
Data support GPRS Class 10, EDGE Class 10 and HSDPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Access NetFront web browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 26MB
Yes, Memory Stick Micro (M2), (8GB supplied)
Messaging capabilities SMS, MMS, and e-mail with Exchange ActiveSync support
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Sony Ericsson proprietary
Extras supported
(not listed above)
RDS supported stereo FM radio
Auto-rotating LCD
Camera images geo-tagging (cell ID)
Shake control for Music
Built-in handsfree speakerphone
PIM applications

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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