A little more interesting than your average bargain basementers.
Sony Ericsson today spruced up its offerings for the financially challenged with the announcement of the R300i, R306i, T270i and T280i.
By far the most interesting of this quartet are the quad band R Series which make a real stab at merging a radio and mobile phone. Unlike most handsets which simply integrate an FM tuner, the candy bar R300i (middle) and flip R306i (left) take the whole process a step further by featuring rears that actually resemble radios. Each offers FM and AM frequency support too along with TrackID and 3D sound enhancement technology for use on both the speakerphone and through earphones.
Away from this, the R300i and R306i come with Bluetooth audio streaming and while the R300 has to put up with a measly VGA camera, the R306i steps up to a more respectable 1.3MPer. A 1.9in 65k 128 x 160 display won't draw envious glances but at just 93g apiece and with battery life good for nine hours talk time and 27 hours radio listening they are practical. Look for them both in Q3.
Behind the Rs come the S'es: the 1.3MP T280i (right) and its visually identical but camera-less deputy, the T270i. Measuring less than 13mm thick and with brushed metal finishes, both attempt to offer a taste of the fashion phone market without the premium price tag. The T280i is the far better kitted out of the two however with Bluetooth, an FM tuner and a 1.3MP camera while the T270i sacrifices the latter two giving it just the most basic of feature sets.
Available in silver on black and copper on silver, the T270i and T280i will be coming to PAYG contracts before the end of Q1.
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