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Sony Ericsson Unveils Satio, Aino & Yari Handsets

Gordon Kelly


Sony Ericsson Unveils Satio, Aino & Yari Handsets

Yes, before you say it, they do sound like characters from a manga flick...

Last night Sony Ericsson announced a trio of new handsets - one with a new name - and a long overdue more sensible business approach which might just stop it losing another 358m euros this time next year.

Headlining the hardware is the 'Satio' - first unveiled in February as the Idou - which represents the first 12.1 megapixel mobile phone on the market and Sony Ericsson's also long overdue first entry into the full screen, touchscreen sector without physical keyboard. Away from the headlining snapper comes a 3.5in 640 x 360 resolution display along with the likes of HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth with A2DP and TV-out while the camera does itself favours with autofocus, geo-tagging and a Xenon flash (let's just hope the image processing is up to scratch).

At 112 x 55 x 13.3mm and 126g the Satio is roughly the same size and weight as the iPhone 3G.

Slotting in just below the Satio is the Aino (be very careful, it's meant to be pronounced 'I know'). This fellow large touchscreener (3in, 240 x 432 pixels) adds a sliding keypad and rocker controls, is equipped with an eight megapixel camera (no word on the type of flash) and matches the rest of the Satio specs stride from stride. At 104 x 50 x 15.5mm and 134g it's close in size and weight too.

On the downside the Aino's touch functionality will be limited (despite using capacitive tech) as it is only enabled in the multimedia menu and when using the camera (why oh why?).

Lastly the Yari sees the megapixel count drop to five and alters its focus to be more gaming centric using an accelerometer for Wii/iPhone-esque controls. There's no touchscreen functionality here with a rather more standard 2.4in QVGA (320 x 240) display though you will find HSDPA and GPS (no WiFi) along with A2DP capable Bluetooth and smaller dimensions of 100 x 48 x 15.7mm (115g).

We'll see the Satio, Aino and Yari at some point during Q4.

So what of this more sensible approach? Well as usual Sony Ericsson gets some things right, some things wrong. On the plus side all three handsets drop M2 expansion slots in favour of microSD (could this be the end for the annoying memory format?), on the negative the company still hasn't learnt to equip their phones with 3.5mm headphone jacks. On the plus side company representatives confirmed it will make fewer models this year and instead concentrate more on innovation. On the negative side it is still fitting proprietary charging ports.

Well, it's half a lesson learnt.


Satio Press Release

Aino Press Release

Yari Press Release


May 29, 2009, 8:01 pm

No 3.5mm jack? I was really hoping that SE had seen the error of their ways, but I suppose the 3.5mm jack is destined for future Walkman phones only, such as the W995.


May 29, 2009, 8:24 pm

This is one of the burning questions. I cannot fathom why Sony Ericsson keep up with their rubbish proprietary connectors? Surely it adds to the cost of the phone? I prefer the data cable that works with my memory card reader, sat-sav, digital camera, psp etc...


May 29, 2009, 8:50 pm

No Android?


May 29, 2009, 9:55 pm

I agree...these will not make share holders too happy.

The stubborn use of that HUGE, stupid proprietary cable is just cutting your nose off to spite your own face and the exclusion of a 3.5mm jack is plain daft as is limiting the touch screen input capabilities.

However...the daftest thing is easily this - 12MP!! They seriously need to fire whoever thought this was a good idea. Just drop the 5 year old K800i 3.2MP camera in there (if you insist, then make it a 5MP at most) and spend the rest of the saved money on all the other gripes.

SE can make great handsets, but they've seriously lost the plot over the past 2 years.


May 30, 2009, 3:24 am

They look awesome, specially the last one, i love the menu on it,

Sony Ericsson's designs are the BEST imo.

i wish those phones used Android


May 30, 2009, 3:50 am

TR Said: "the Idou - which represents the first 12.1 megapixel mobile phone on the market and Sony Ericsson's also long overdue first entry into the full screen, touchscreen sector".

This is incorrect. Sony Ericsson has been selling the Xperia X1 since last year. It is a full screen touchscreen as well - which just happens to have a sliding keyboard behind as an extra. But the touchscreen itself is all you need to operate the phone. You could use that phone and never once open the keyboard.

People assigned to write these articles should at least be required to know the field they are writing about, one would think....

Technical Itch

May 30, 2009, 3:59 am

Come on SE when will you learn? Is it a big ask to have standardised phone charging cables and 3.5mm jacks?

Geoff Richards

May 30, 2009, 4:16 am

@Kanu - we reviewed the Xperia back in January: http://www.trustedreviews.c...

I can only assume Gordon is referring to the iPhone-class of touchscreen-only handsets. It's true that "the touchscreen itself is all you need to operate the phone" but then that was also largely true back in 2002/2003 when SE released the P800/P900 touchscreen smartphones.


May 30, 2009, 7:16 am

The Satio looks real nice. I have been trying to replace my P1i for a while (solely because it doesn't have 3G) but nothing has really jumped out at me, it looks really good although no rocker buttons is a fairly big minus. That and I will be paying for a 12MP camera that is a bit ott.. and I have no idea if it has any business apps from this :-P


May 30, 2009, 9:11 am

The Xperia is really an HTC handset though isnt it?


May 31, 2009, 4:30 pm

Xperia is HTC manufactured and designed. Hence the 3.5mm jack.


May 31, 2009, 9:21 pm

The Xperia also uses non Sony type memory sticks. It looks quite nice but I wouldn't get a WM6 based phone as WM7 is only 6(ish) months away.


May 31, 2009, 9:30 pm

@Kanu - as Geoff mentions, I'm referring to an iPhone class of touchscreen handsets - full touchscreen means a virtual touchscreen keyboard and no physical fall-back.

I've written nearly 4,000 articles for TR over the years. I'm happy to field any query you may have and apologise if the phraseology was unclear. In response I'd suggest make future inquires in a more polite manner...


June 1, 2009, 8:06 pm

Again, I repeat, did the HTC devices such as Imate jam and all the XDAs have keyboards? No. And you have failed to admit that.

As to whether it has navigation buttons, some touch screen devices have one button, 2, 3 or none. They are all the same type of phone fundamentally. What differentiates them is that they have no keybaord and data input is on screen.

So this "iphone" class false. Its an artificial creation crated by iphone fanyboys. Best to leave that stuff out of real journalism. There are fanboy sites one can visit for that.

This just pure Iphone plugging. I phone was not the first phone with only a touchscreen.

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