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Sony Ericsson S302 - Future phone

Sony Ericsson S302

Sony Ericsson S302

19 June 2008
Written by Albert Malik

Amongst a slew of new phones Sony Ericsson unveiled at CommunicAsia in Singapore this week, one of them is the S302, a new mid-range ‘Snapshot’ camera-phone. Sony Ericsson attempted to strike a balance between technical specifications and physical size, resulting in a candybar that’s a mere 12 millimetres thick and feather-light 79 grams, while still sporting a mid-level camera with other useful functions.

The camera module is a two megapixel CMOS unit with a fixed focus and photo LED light. In terms of camera-hardware that’s all there is, but Sony Ericsson adds photo editing functions to help you adjust pictures or upload them to blogs, while video recording is also supported. A paltry 20 megabytes of internal storage is included but you can expand this through Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards (although it doesn’t look like one will be included in the retail package).

Multimedia features are complete with an FM radio for streaming music and a multimedia player supporting MP3, AAC and other formats for your own tunes, as well as video support. There’s also Bluetooth with stereo music support (A2DP) for listening to music with wireless headphones, while USB connectivity allows for direct connection of the S302 to a computer to synchronise and transfer data. There’s also support for Java applications, polyphonic/MP3 ringtones and Sony Ericsson’s proprietary services such as PlayNow and TrackID.

Unfortunately, the rest of the phone’s specifications are strictly mid-range. There’s no 3G at all, but the S302 can connect to GSM networks across all four bands (850/900/1800/1900) while accessing the internet using GPRS or EDGE data standards. The screen is also at the bottom of the pack with its 176x220 pixel resolution, measuring two inches in size.

The S302 will ship in two versions, the S302c for China and S302 for the rest of the world. Sony Ericsson expects to ship the phone towards the end of the year and when it does arrive, it will be available in three colour schemes: Night Black, Ice Silver and Copper Gold.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson S302
(ETA 4th quarter of 2008 for EMEA)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
Form factor Candybar
Size 101 x 46 x 12mm
Weight 79 grams
Display 2.0” 262K TFT colour LCD at 176 x 220 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh^
Talk/usage time* Up to 7 hours*
Standby time* Up to 300 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0
Camera support 2 megapixel camera, video recording, photo LED
Data support GPRS Class 10, EDGE Class 10
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications NetFront full HTML browser with RSS support
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 20MB
Yes, Memory Stick Micro (M2), no card included
Messaging capabilities SMS, EMS, MMS, and e-mail
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Extras supported
(not listed above)
RDS supported stereo FM radio
Media player for MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ files

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

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