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Sony Ericsson S500 - Future phone

Sony Ericsson S500

Sony Ericsson S500

11 May 2007
Written by Max Bondorovsky

Sony Ericsson has announced another phone to add to their portfolio, the S500. The S500 is a stylish slider phone, and it feels like it was designed for one purpose, and that’s to look panache. The aesthetic appeal is carried through to the software with visuals on the desktop or phone menu that can change automatically as the seasons pass or as day turns to night, and to make it complete, it has also added matching illumination. All this is displayed on a 2” 262,144 colour TFT screen (240*320 resolution).

Now to the core of the phone, the features: to be upfront, the phone was never designed for anyone who wants the latest and greatest technology (there are other Sony Ericsson phones for that). The phone has enough features to be practical and use comfortably on a day to day basis, and most importantly have some fun with it. The camera is a 2mpx with 4x digital zoom and same as other previous models, the photos can be uploaded to the internet through a built in picture blogging software.

For storage, the S500 offers 12MB of internal memory. There is also support for Memory Stick Micro (M2). To transfer all the media to the phone, you can either use USB connection, which supports mass storage or Bluetooth v2.0. Listening to the music should be an absolute treat with Walkman 2.0 music player. It will support MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ formats, and you can be listened wirelessly through stereo Bluetooth headsets (A2DP). To match the media playing capabilities, the battery has 370 hours of stand-by and an impressive 9 hours of talk-time.

The handset has a built in RSS reader (which more and more phones are coming with), HTML Web Browser and operates on the 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies making it Quad-band. Unfortunately, 3G is not included in this handset, so any downloading or browsing will not be performed at the quickest rate possible.

The Sony Ericsson S500 phone amalgamates style and elegance. This will appeal to a wide array of people, and hopefully sales will prove that. It will be available in Mysterious Green and spring yellow and should hit our shores in the 2nd quarter.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson S500
(ETA 2nd quarter of 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
Form factor Slider
Size 99 x 47 x 14mm
Weight 94 grams
Display 2.0", 262,144 colour TFT LCD at 320 x 240 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh^
Talk/usage time* Up to 560 minutes*
Standby time* Up to 370 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0, USB with Mass Storage Device profile
Camera support 2mpx digital camera, 4x digital zoom
Data support GPRS
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Access NetFront Web Browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 12MB
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
Nokia Series 60 platform
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Walkman 2.0 Music Player
3D games
Handsfree speakerphone
A2DP Stereo Bluetooth support
USB Mass Storage
Picture Blogging & RSS reader

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

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