Sony Ericsson confirms imminent launch of Aino and Satio

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sony-ericsson-aino.jpgSony Ericsson has today confirmed the launch of two of its key models for the end of 2009. On October 7th the company has lined up an evening to give full details about launch of the Satio and Aino and to show them off to the press. The handsets will be available soon after.

The two handsets are among the first from Sony Ericsson that combine both the high-end camera phones of its Cybershot mobile range with the music playing facilities of its Walkman handsets.

Here’s a quick round up of what we can expect

The top end camera phone, the Aino, features an 8 megapixel camera, autofocus, face detection, touch focus LED flash and geotagging. The phone also has couple of other very interesting features. The big draw here is MediaGo software which enables the user to grab any software – music images video etc, from their PC and transfer it to the phone via a wireless connection.

Also innovative is the Remote Play facility which could be a real draw for PS3 owners, Basically it lets the user access, control or stream any content from their PS3.

It is HSPA/HSUPA friendly, includes on board Wi-Fi and comes with its own Bluetooth headset.

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The Aino will be partnered by Sony Ericsson’s other big launch the Satio. This handset was unveiled as the Idou at Mobile World Congress back in February (pics here). It is a touch screen model which uses the latest version of the Symbian S60 operating system (the same as the Nokia N97).

Its headline features are its size – at 13mm thick it is a lot slimmer than rival smartphones – and its 12.1 mega pixel camera – a first for a Sony Ericsson phone. Not surprisingly given its picture taking prowess, the model has a raft of imaging features including; a video light, a flash, face and smile detection image stabilisation, and a 12x digital zoom.

Other features include HSDPA with HSUPA support, Wi-Fi, A2DP, Bluetooth, assisted GPS and a 3.5inch TFT screen.

No news yet on the Xperia X3 rumoured to be Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone

Ashley Norris