Sony Ericsson W8 is First Android Powered Walkman Phone

Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Android powered Walkman series device that was rumoured is now a reality. The handset, called the W8 is pretty much the Xperia X8 device with a new color tone and sports the Walkman branding. The W8 was showcased on their Indonesian website and although it does feature on the international Press site as well, neither hi-res images nor a press release was around.

Finally a Walkman Smartphone

Finally a Walkman Smartphone

 

The W8 will be equipped with a 600MHz processor and -

 

  • a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen sporting a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS support for Google Maps and triail version of Wisepilot and geo-tagging
  • Bluetooth with A2DP and AVRCP, USB 2.0
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • microSD card Support
  • Walkman player with Infinite function
  • TrackID and Twitter sharing for the same

It’s equipped with Sony Ericsson’s TimeScape with a four-corner shortcut interface designed for one handed use but will be running Android 2.1. Sony Ericsson loves keeping the OS as low end as possible in their mid-range handset segment but it’s not something their fans are too crazy about. If the W8 finally hits shelves with a 2.1 version, it’s not going to be necessarily welcomed with open arms, unless we hear that a FroYo update will soon be arriving as well.

TimeSacpe and Four Corner Shortcut access

TimeSacpe and Four Corner Shortcut access

 

On the other hand, an Android device sporting a Walkman music player engine is something I’m sure SE fans have been aching for. According to one source, the Walkman W8 handset will be making its way to India in the second quarter but no pricing has been mentioned yet. I’m estimating it to be in the Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 18,000 bracket seeing as the existing Xperia X8 is also placed squarely here. It’ll be available in funky colors like - Azure Blue, Metallic Red, and Iconic Orange.


Published Date: Apr 22, 2011 10:06 am | Updated Date: Apr 22, 2011 10:06 am