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Sony Ericsson C702
 

Sony Ericsson C702

11 February 2008
Written by David Hall

It wouldn’t be a Sony Ericsson release without new CyberShot phones, and the latest batch out of the World Mobile Congress 2008 includes two: the C702 and C902. The C702, the focus of this article, has the explorer at heart. With GPS, splash and dust resistance, 3mpx digital camera, and a 2.2” LCD, the C702 makes a great travelling buddy.

The built-in assisted GPS (aGPS) chip uses the power of OTA data communications to locate your position quicker than relying just on the GPS satellites. When it’s up and running, the pre-installed Google Maps software can be used to plot your location, or you can use WayFinder to guide your way, step-by-step.

Location-based imaging allows you to sort images captured by the integrated camera based on where you took them. The C702 will automatically add location information to every image captured by the internal camera (when GPS is enabled).

The camera itself is a 3.2mpx module, with all the features expected of a CyberShot phone: auto-focus, digital zoom, face recognition, a photo light (with red eye reduction), and video recording. The C702 is configured for easy one-handed imaging, perfect for quickly capturing that spur of the moment image or video.

MMS and e-mail can be used to share your images and video with friends, or you can use the Access NetFront browser to update your blog while out and about. When all you need is text, there’s always SMS/EMS messaging – with T9 predictive text dictionaries for when time is of the essence.

Bluetooth and USB connectivity are supported by the C702 for syncing and transferring data. The USB Mass Storage Device profile makes it easy to drag & drop files from a compatible computer direct to the C702’s internal or external memory without the need to install third party drivers.

160MB of shared internal memory comes free on the C702, with further expansion possible via Memory Stick Micro cards (not included).

In order to keep in touch wherever you are around the world, Sony Ericsson have included 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and 3G UMTS 2100MHz network support. HSDPA has also been thrown in, for high-speed mobile broadband on compatible networks.

Up to ~7/~5 hours (2G/3G) of talk time or 300 hours (2G & 3G) of standby time can be squeezed out of the C702’s lithium-ion battery.

The C702 will be available in Q2 2008 in either Speed Black or Cyan Blue. Two regional variations, C702a and C702c, will be released on the American and Chinese markets (respectively). This is due to the network bands and data functions supported by the local networks in those regions.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson C702
(ETA 2nd quarter of 2008)


Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (tri-band)
3G: UMTS/HSDPA 2100MHz
Form factor Standard
Size 106 x 48 x 15.5mm
Weight 105 grams
Display 2.2", 262,144 colour TFT LCD display @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 420 minutes*
3G: Up to 300 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 300 hours*
3G: Up to 300 hours*
 
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0
Camera support 3.2mpx digital camera with auto-focus, photo light, 2x digital zoom, face detection, and video recording.
Data support EDGE, GPRS, and HSDPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Access NetFront browser, RSS reader
Memory
  Internal -
  External -
 
Yes, 160MB
Yes, Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging (including Exchange support)
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3/AAC ringing tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
 
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Sony Ericsson proprietary
Extras supported
(not listed above)
aGPS module with location picture-tagging
Google Maps and Wayfinder applications pre-installed
PlayNow and TrackID applications
FM stereo radio

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed


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