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Sony Ericsson W890i - Future phone

Sony Ericsson W890i

Sony Ericsson W890i

16 October 2007
Written by Mike Meers

The W890i is, as the name suggests, is an upgrade to the W880i, which was released earlier this year. The W890i does away with the highly criticised keyboard found on the W890i, and adds HSDPA support, among other features.

The W890i measures 104 x 46.5 x 9.9mm, only a tad larger than the W880i (103 x 46.5 x 9.4mm). It has also gained 7 grams, taking it up to 78 grams total. This isnít really much to make a fuss about, as the handset is still very much on the thin side.

On the front of the W890i is the 240 x 320 pixel TFT LCD, capable of displaying up to 262,144 colours. The button arrangement is almost identical to the W880i, but as I mentioned, the numerical buttons are now Ďnormalí Ė not tiny, painful to use buttons.

GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900MHz networks are supported by the handset, as well as UMTS 2100MHz. GPRS and EDGE data protocols can be used on 2G networks, while HSDPA is offered on the 3G band for high speed connectivity. Downloading full-length MP3ís will only take seconds.

The Walkman player is built-in to the W890i, offering playback for a wide range of audio formats. Sony Ericsson have debuted a new feature, SensMe, which plots music stored on the handset according to tempo and mood Ė allowing you to create a play list that matches how you feel.

A 2GB Memory Stick Micro card is packed in the W890iís sales package, as there is only 26MB of shared internal memory. Sony Ericsson estimate around 1,800 songs can be stored on the 2GB card. MegaBass, PlayNow, and TrackID functionality come as standard. If you get sick of your own music, just switch on the W890iís integrated FM stereo radio.

A 3.2mpx digital camera is also packed in to the W890i, providing still image and video capture. There is 3.2x digital zoom, but unfortunately no autofocus.

The W890i will be available from the 1st quarter of 2008. It comes in two colour variations: mocha brown or sparkling silver.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson W890i
(ETA 1st quarter 2008)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Form factor Standard
Size 104 x 46.5 x 9.9 mm
Weight 78 grams
Display 262,144 colours TFT LCD @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 570 minutes*
3G: Up to 270 minutes*
Video talk: Up to 180 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 360 hours*
3G: Up to 330 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0
Camera support 3.2mpx digital camera with 3.2x digital zoom and video recording support
Data support EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Access NetFront browser, RSS reader
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 26MB internal memory
Yes, Memory Stick Micro (2GB supplied)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and (push) e-mail
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Sony Ericsson proprietary
Extras supported
(not listed above)
SensMe music plotting
Stereo FM radio

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

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