The other big announcement from Sony Ericsson’s Berlin product launch was two new Walkman music phones, the W910 and the W960. The latter is the one to get excited about, in my opinion.
The W960 Walkman phone comes with 8GB of internal memory to store songs on, and has a 2.6-inch touchscreen – which will bring those inevitable iPhone comparisons. It’s got built-in Wi-Fi as well as 3G, and promises up to 27 hours of battery life when listening to music.
The W960 also plays videos at 30 frames per second, and has a 3.2-megapixel camera. It really is starting to sound like an iPhone-beater, actually. It also includes the TrackID music recognition software, which lets you identify tracks and get info on the artist and album it’s from.
It comes with a stereo Bluetooth headset AND stereo portable handsfree kit in the box, and will be on sale by the end of the year in ‘Vinyl Black’.
The W910 is an HSDPA Walkman phone that comes with a nifty feature called Shake control, allowing you to skip tracks by pressing a button and shaking the phone. Or waggle it about, and it shuffles your playlist. I wonder if someone at Sony Ericsson HQ has been playing with Nintendo’s Wii.
The W910’s motion sensing can also be used for gaming, allowing you to control characters by moving the phone rather than pressing buttons. Trust me, you will look like a berk on the train if you try it, but it sounds fun.
The W910 also has the latest version of Sony Ericsson’s PlayNow download application, providing access to games, ringtones and full music tracks. There’s also a new feature called SensMe, which lets you create music playlists based on mood – tempo and style – rather than just playing specific artists and albums.
It comes with a 1GB memory stick to store music on too. The W910 will be available in Hearty Red or Noble Black (i.e. red or black) by the end of the year.