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Sony Ericsson G700

Sony Ericsson G700

23 February 2008
Written by David Hall

Sony Ericsson’s G700 and G900 handsets are all about bringing the simplicity of touch-screens to markets outside the high-end. The G700 combines ‘regular’ navigational controls with a 240 x 320 pixel LCD touch-screen display, a 3.2mpx digital camera, 3G network connectivity and more to create a functional and powerful handset.

The touch-screen capabilities of the G700’s 2.4” 240 x 320 pixel LCD have been tightly linked to the operating system, providing users with simple ways to operate the handset and access popular features. The G700 has a desktop-type standby screen, where notes that have been scribbled with the stylus can be attached – like a sticky note on a fridge.

The operating system at the core of the handset is the Symbian OS with the UIQ 3.0 platform, known throughout the mobile world for its power and simplicity. There are thousands of add-on applications available for Symbian-based handsets, providing additional functionality not found as standard. With 160MB of internal memory and support for Memory Stick Micro cards, there’s plenty of space for those additional applications and other files.

Messages can be typed using an on-screen touch keyboard, or with the G700’s regular numerical keyboard. Many touch-screen devices are hard to type messages with – that’s a well-known fact. By combining the touch-screen with a numerical keyboard Sony Ericsson have given users all the advantageous of touch, and none of the disadvantages.

A 3.2mpx digital camera has been included, with video capture and image stabilization as standard. There’s an LED photo light for night photography, and Photo Fix application for optimizing images by automatically adjusting light balance and contrast. E-mail and MMS messaging is supported for sharing images and video with friends and family.

UMTS 2100MHz networks are supported by the G700, in addition to GSM 900/1800/1900MHz 2G networks. Because of the Symbian operating system, Sony Ericsson have replaced their proprietary user interface with the Opera browser, supporting both WAP 1.2.1 and WAP 2.0 mobile Web standards.

Organisation is a focus area for the G700, and a wide range of applications are pre-installed to make life easier. From the top, there’s an alarm clock, calculator, calendar, document readers and editors, note taker, stopwatch, task manager, and timer.

To make it easy to sync the G700 and transfer data, USB and Bluetooth have been included. USB Mass Storage is supported for transfer of files without the need to install additional drivers or software.

The G700 will launch in Q2 2008 in Silk Bronze.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson G700
(ETA 2nd quarter of 2008)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
3G: UMTS 2100MHz
Form factor Standard
Size 106 x 49 x 13 mm
Weight 99 grams
Display 2.4", touch-screen 262K colour TFT LCD display @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 12 hours*
3G: Up to 4 hours*
Video call: Up to 2.5 hours*
Standby time* 2G/3G: Up to 380 hours
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 and USB version 2.0 (Mass Storage Device profile supported)
Camera support 3.2mpx digital camera with LED flash, image stabilisation, video recording, and 3x digital zoom
Data support GPRS and UMTS
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Opera browser (WAP 1.2.1/2.0/xHTML supported)
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 160MB
Yes, Memory Stick Micro
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging with T9 predictive text and handwriting recognition
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, True Tones, and 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
Symbian OS v9.1 with UIQ 3.0
Extras supported
(not listed above)
FM Stereo radio with RDS support
Red-eye reduction flash
Document readers and editors
PlayNow and TrackID
Music player with MegaBass

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

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