Just when we thought it was gone forever, the Walkman brand makes its glorious return, this time with Android. Sony has just announced the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. And while it’s not a superphone, it definitely holds its own.
Sony Ericsson is known for its unique designs, and the Sony Ericsson Live is no exception. This music-centric device is looking pretty good for one of those smaller, more affordable smartphones. Let’s take a look at the specs.
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Specifications
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1 GHz single-core processor
- 3.2-inch display (320x480p)
- 320 MB of on-board memory with a 2 GB microSD card (supports up to 32 GB cards)
- VGA front-facing camera / 5 MP rear-facing camera (records in 720p)
- 1200 mAh battery
As already mentioned, these specs won’t blow your mind. But this device is made for entertainment purposes (mainly music). It is small, which makes it easier to carry around, and it comes with music-centric adaptations. The most important feature for music lovers is Sony’s xLoud technology. This allows you to boost your volume without having to sacrifice quality, which is an issue with most devices.
This phone also comes with Sony’s Qriocity integration, allowing you to listen to music and watch videos on the go (in the cloud). You might also enjoy the fact that the Sony Ericsson Live comes with TrackID, which identifies unknown songs, and the infinite button for better music searching.
A very important factor, especially for a media device, is the battery life. You’ve got to be able to go through a day of listening to music while keeping some of that juice for communication purposes. While this device comes with a tiny 1200 mAh battery, it actually lasts as long as most extended batteries do. This device gives you up to 600 hours of standby, 17.5 hours of music listening, 6.5 hours of video and over 14 hours of talk time. Not bad, Sony Ericsson. Not bad at all.
While price and availability are still unknown, this should be an affordable smartphone. Markets are not yet specified, but this device is said to start rolling out during the fourth quarter of 2011 in select countries worldwide. What do you guys say? Liking the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman?Show Press Release
Smartphone with Walkman™ on the latest Android platform (Gingerbread 2.3) Unique Facebook™ integration enables instant music and media sharing Content services from Sony provide access to the latest music and video titles
22 August 2011, London, UK – Sony Ericsson today announced Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™, an Android smartphone that delivers a unique social music experience. A dedicated Walkman™ hardware button provides instant access to the music player and consumers can also like, share and discover content through a deep Facebook™ integration. The infinite button lets the consumer explore even more and the *Qriocity service from Sony provides music and video content for the consumer to enjoy.
With attractive curved design, a glossy finish and a mineral glass display, the phone has a 3.2” screen and a powerful 1Ghz processor. A front facing camera is enabled for Skype video calling, while a 5MP AF camera can capture 720p HD video recording. *Sony’s xLOUD™ enhances audio output, while the latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3) provides access to over 250,000 applications on the Android Market™.
Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing, Sony Ericsson said: “Consumers want smartphones to deliver a rich and social entertainment experience. Rather than a one dimensional music experience, they want instant and seamless access to new content, combined with the ability to share and connect with their friends. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™ provides exactly this, in a powerful package with great style.”
A perfect combination of social networking and music entertainment:
Deep Facebook™ integration: Allows users to instantly access Facebook through the most used areas of the phone such as the picture gallery, music player, phonebook and calendar. Media Discovery Application: A dynamic application placing the world of music and videos at consumer’s fingertips including Facebook™ recommendations from their friends. Infinite button: Tapping it within the media player enables consumers to have instant access to new content about their favourite artist, such as music videos, artist information and lyrics search. Qriocity music and video content services from Sony: Consumers can access millions of songs from all major labels and watch thousands of movies from all major studios. Only Sony Ericsson Android smartphones provide consumers with unique access to the entertainment services from *Sony. *Sony’s xLOUD™ technology: Enhances audio output of the inbuilt speakers at high levels. TrackID™: Identifies the music track you are listening to within the FM radio and music player. The track can then instantly be shared or downloaded.
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™ will be available globally in selected markets from Q4 2011. For full details all products news, please visit the press room and the product blog: http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/corporate/press/pressreleases/latestnews http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™ at a glance. *Please note that all services mentioned may not be available in every market.
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Size: 56.5 x 106 x 14.2 mm Weight: 115 g
5 megapixel camera 8x digital zoom Auto focus Face detection Flash/Photo light Flash/Photo flash Flash/LED Front-facing camera (VGA) Geo tagging HD video recording (720p) Image stabiliser Red-eye reduction Scene detection Self-timer Send to web Smile detection Touch capture Touch focus Video light Video recording
Album art Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP) Music tones (MP3/AAC) PlayNow™ service Stereo speakers TrackID™ music recognition Walkman™ player xLOUD™
Android Market™ Bookmarks Google™ search Google Voice™ Search NeoReader™ barcode scanner Pan & zoom Web browser (WebKit)
Call list Conference calls Facebook™ application Google Talk™ Polyphonic ringtones Skype Sony Ericsson Timescape™ Speakerphone Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration) Vibrating alert Video chat ready
Conversations Email Google Mail™ Handwriting recognition Instant messaging Multimedia messaging (MMS) Predictive text input Sound recorder Text messaging (SMS) Type & Send widget
Auto rotation Four-corner Home screen Keyboard (on-screen, 12-key) Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY) Live wallpaper Picture wallpaper Touch screen
3D games Media browser Radio (FM radio with RDS) Video streaming Video viewing YouTube™
Alarm clock Calculator Calendar Document readers Emanual Flight mode Google Calendar™ Google Gallery 3D™ Infinite button Phonebook Setup guide Event Timer Widget manager
3.5 mm audio jack aGPS Bluetooth™ technology DLNA Certified™ Google Latitude™ Google Maps™ for Mobile Google Maps™ with Street View Media Transfer Protocol support Micro USB support Modem Native USB tethering Synchronisation via Facebook™ Synchronisation via Google™ Sync Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync Synchronisation with computer Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® Synchronisation: Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® via Moxier client USB mass storage USB High speed 2.0 support USB support Wi-Fi™ Wi-Fi™ Hotspot functionality Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation
3.2 inches 16,777,216 colour TFT 480 x 320 pixels Capacitive touchscreen (multi-touch) Scratch-resistant
Phone memory (user-free): Up to 320MB Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 14 hrs 15 min* Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 600 hrs* Talk time UMTS: Up to 6 hrs 42 min* Standby time UMTS: Up to 850 hrs* Music listening time: Up to 17 hrs 30 min Video listening time: Up to 6 hrs 30 min
*According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
In the kit
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™ 1200 mAh battery stereo headset 2GB microSD™ memory card Charger micro USB cable for charging synchronisation and file transfer user documentation
Legal 1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.
© Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, 2011