No more the simple phone, the average mobile is now more of a multimedia tool – with users demanding increased capacity for downloading and storing their music, video and images. So it seems only logical that companies will introduce more flexible means of boosting storage. Sony’s answer is the Memory Stick Micro (M2), with capacities of 256MB, 512MB and 1GB.
M2 media is designed as an externally removable media with a controlled eject function to prevent loss of data. It’s also dual-voiltage, so it will work with both phones and existing Memory Stick PRO compatible products.
The newly-launched Sony Ericsson M600i (pictured) is the first mobile phone compatible with the M2. Users of the UMTS phone can store various types of content, such as contacts and email attachments as well as multimedia files including music, pictures, video clips and documents. As the M2 is an external storage media, it allows users to exchange this content between the mobile phone and a PC with a Memory Stick PRO slot, using the supplied M2 adaptor.
Sony plans to ship the 256MB and 512MB versions of the M2 media from March, and the 1GB model from May 2006. Prices are still to be confirmed.