So we beat Sony Ericsson out of the traps with our coverage of the K800i a few days back but the mobile giant still had a few other surprises to show us this week.
Debuting alongside the already covered K800i was its virtual twin brother the K790i. It also brings 3.2 megapixels to the market with built in flash, lens cover, dedicated shutter button and automatic red eye correction.
Like its digital cameras, the K790i and K800i have image stabilisation technology too, helping to reduce the effects of shaky hand syndrome. A rather funky additional feature is ‘BestPic’ which snaps 9 full quality snaps of your subject with four before and after the single shot you would’ve taken. This lets users select the best pic (clever branding that) and assists those with nonexistent reflexes. A second front mounted VGA camera is included for video calls.
Away from all things Leibowitz is a 2in QVGA screen, 64MB of internal memory, an M2 expansion slot, Bluetooth 2.0, RSS reader and video recording. MP3 and AAC music formats are supported and you’ll get an RDS FM radio too.
At just 106 x 47 x 18mm the K790i sure to raise a few heart rates when it hits stores in Q2.
Yet another Walkman model is also on the way, but the clamshell W300i isn’t a headliner by any imagination. It sports just a VGA camera and 128 x 160 resolution display, though it does ship with a 256MB Memory Stick Micro card (just small enough to make you want to upgrade it). There’s Bluetooth and an RDS FM radio while the weight is low at just 94g, but overall it does little to excite us so we’ll move swiftly on.
If size is important to you, and since this is IT we’re taking small size then the K510i could push your buttons. At just 102 x 44 x 18mm and weighing a mere 82g, it is SE’s smallest 1.3MP cameraphone to date.
It’s tri-band, available in (Midnight) Black or (Polished) Purple and fully syncs with Microsoft Outlook which is rather a bonus. Bluetooth – check, USB – check, Email – check, even old Infrared makes an appearance. A real standout feature, however, is the talk time. SE promises seven full hours with a whopping 360 hours standby.
None of the models announced here hit us in quite the same tender place as W950i which it revealed at 3GSM, but then again when a company’s 3.2MP models and 82g offerings aren’t driving us wild it must be doing something rather well…