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Sony Ericsson T650 - Future phone

Sony Ericsson T650

Sony Ericsson T650

11 May 2007
Written by Max Bondorovsky

The newly announced Sony Ericsson T650 is a slim (12.5mm), feature packed 3G handset that combines slick and elegant looks with functionality. At initial glance, the design of the T650 is reminiscent of the Sony Ericsson T610 due to its dual colour design and minimalist approach. The T650 will be available in stainless steel upper-half combined with either pale green or navy blue bottom half. In addition it includes a scratch-proof mineral glass screen, which will prevent it getting scratched if itís chucked in together with your keys (though I strongly advise against testing this claim).

The T650 operates in a UMTS 2100 and GSM 900/1800/1900 environment, meaning its tri-band and 3G compatible. When it comes to connectivity, the T650 has Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP profile, infrared and USB with mass storage support. The only notable omission from this list is Wi-Fi, which is a shame, considering it allows picture blogging, and it would have provided a quicker connection at a significantly reduced cost.

The most prominent feature of this phone is its attention to detail such as the illumination effects on the keypad and the sides of the phone interact with animations on the screen. As these animations move across the display they set off waves of light around the keypad, which stand-out against the reflective stainless steel finish. Unfortunately, itís all visual, and there are no major technological innovations in the T650. This phone would suit those who want a smart looking phone which still has enough features to do their daily tasks and that little bit more.

The phone combines two cameras, a front facing one for video calls, and the main 3.2pmx with auto focus and 3x digital zoom. Once you have taken the photos you can view them on 1.9Ē, 262,144 colour screen (240*320 resolutions). The new mineral glass screen also reduces glare and increases the viewing angle by 170į, which is great for catching up on all the latest news on the built in RSS reader.

Regrettably, there have been no improvements in the memory department. You will need to buy a bigger memory card (the T650 uses Memory Stick Micro, M2) as there is only 16mb of internal memory and you a relatively small 256mb M2 in the sales package.

I think this phone will be a big hit once it reaches our shores. It looks good, the keys are well spread out, has an easy to read screen and enough features to keep up with the majority of phones out at the moment (who knows what else will be announced by the 3rd quarter). Though nothing revolutionary, the Sony Ericsson T650 is an extraordinary all rounder.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson T650
(ETA 3rd quarter of 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (tri-band)
3G: UMTS 2100MHz
Form factor Candy-bar
Size 104 x 46 x 12.5mm
Weight 95 grams
Display 1.9", 262,144 colour TFT LCD at 320 x 240 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh^
Talk/usage time* TBA^
Standby time* TBA^
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 and USB with Mass Storage Device profile
Camera support 3.2mpx digital camera, 3x digital zoom
Forward-facing camera for video calls
Data support GPRS, HSCSD, 3G
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Access NetFront Web Browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 16MB
Yes, Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Messaging capabilities SMS, MMS, instant messaging, and e-mail (with attachments)
Ringing tones 64-chord polyphonic MIDI, True Tones, and MP3/AAC ringing tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC suite
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Sony Ericsson proprietary
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Handsfree speakerphone
A2DP Stereo Bluetooth support
USB Mass Storage
Picture Blogging and RSS reader

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

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