Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 Takes the Windows Mobile Plunge
Barcelona this week is the world showcase for new cell phones. Here is a collection of those handsets that interested us the most (warning--not all will be available in the U.S.) For instance: Due in the second half of this year, the Xperia X1 goes where Sony Ericsson has never gone before--into the realm of Windows Mobile. But thanks to a custom interface featuring nine square panels--each of which launches a different application--you might not realize that you're looking at an HSDPA handset based on the Microsoft platform for mobile devices. The X1 is the first entry in Sony Ericsson's new "premium" (read, expensive) Xperia line; future models may be based on other operating systems. But observers say the company chose to stray from its Symbian/UIQ roots to reach out to corporate customers. --Yardena Arar, PC WorldXperia X1 Slides Open to Reveal a Landscape-Mode Keyboard
Xperia X1's large (3-inch) touchscreen (see previous slide) exemplifies another handset trend. But it also lets you navigate via an optical joystick underneath the display. When closed, this Sony Ericsson's metal-finish rear case shows nothing but the lens of its 3.2-megapixel camera (above, left). However the X1 does have an unusual design feature: It slides open sideways in a gentle arc (above, right) to reveal a roomy portrait-mode keyboard. As with other sideways sliders, the display adjusts automatically.The G700--Another Touching Experience from Sony Ericsson
The G700, another eye-catching touchscreen phone announced by Sony Ericsson, sports an unusual sticky-notes application. Tap the note icon in the upper left, and a new blank note fills the screen. You choose the note's color and screen position, and use the phone's stylus to scribble or draw memos. Sony executives compared this handset to the Post-It-covered Filofaxes of a decade or two ago. This handset may not appear in the U.S. very soon as the model shown here runs on European GSM frequencies.Sony Ericsson's Two Cyber-shot Phones Step Up
The higher-end of two new Cyber-shot phones announced at the Barcelona gathering, the C902 (shown above) boasts a five-megapixel camera accessed via a new slide-apart design that's touted as able to capture images "within an instant." Other advanced technology includes auto-focus, face detection, flash, and image and video stabilization. The C702 (not shown) has a 3.5-megapixel camera and geo-tagging features using assisted (by cell technology) GPS, a.k.a. aGPS.Walkman 980A--A Clamshell You Don't Have to Flip Open
Sony Ericsson's newest Walkman phone is designed to appeal to clamshell aficionados who might not want to see a keypad just to play music: The entire Walkman player interface appears on the exterior. The handset has 8GB of internal memory (same as the current smaller-capacity iPhone), and an FM transmitter to beam music to your car or home stereo receiver. It's due in the third quarter of the year.