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Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

The Sony Walkman has been reincarnated yet again -- this time on Android. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, aside being quite the mouthful, is a 3.2-inch Android 2.3 smartphone with some seriously deep music integration (nothing new for SE phones), as well as deep integration with Facebook.

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Hardware-wise, you're looking at a relatively small device -- it weighs 115 grams and measures in at 56.5 x 106 x 14.2 mm. It sports a 1GHz processor, pushing Gingerbread and SE's custom UI on that 3.2-inch display, which only sports a 320x480 resolution. (Hey, it is just 3.2 inches.) It's got 320MB of on-board storage, and comes with a 2GB microSD card. There's a 5MP camera on the back that will record video in 720p, and its 1200 mAh battery is rated at up to 17.5 hours of music listening time.

And speaking of music, this thing's loaded. It's got a dedicated hardware Walkman button, and you might remember the "infinite button" from the previous iterations of its Mediascape UI. The infinite button is back, sending you deep inside the Qriocity music service. It's also got xLoud, which is said to enhance the sound coming out of the phone's speakers, and TrackID, to, well, ID what you're listening to.

No word on specific markets just yet, but look for the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman in the fourth quarter this year. More pics and a full presser are after the break.

22 August 2011

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.

Colours

  • Black and White

Facts

  • Size: 56.5 x 106 x 14.2 mm
  • Weight: 115 g

Camera

  • 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

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™ service
  • Stereo speakers
  • TrackID™ music recognition
  • Walkman™ player
  • xLOUD™

Internet

  • Android Market™
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search
  • Google Voice™ Search
  • NeoReader™ barcode scanner
  • Pan & zoom
  • Web browser (WebKit)

Communication

  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Facebook™ application
  • Google Talk™
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Skype
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™
  • Speakerphone
  • Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video chat ready

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Google Mail™
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Instant messaging
  • Multimedia messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)
  • Type & Send widget

Design

  • Auto rotation
  • Four-corner Home screen
  • Keyboard (on-screen, 12-key)
  • Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
  • Live wallpaper
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touch screen

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • Media browser
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • YouTube™

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document readers
  • Emanual
  • Flight mode
  • Google Calendar™
  • Google Gallery 3D™
  • Infinite button
  • Phonebook
  • Setup guide
  • Event
  • Timer
  • Widget manager

Connectivity

  • 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

Display

  • 3.2 inches
  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • 480 x 320 pixels
  • Capacitive touchscreen (multi-touch)
  • Scratch-resistant

Memory

  • Phone memory (user-free): Up to 320MB
  • Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB

Battery life

  • 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.

Networks

  • 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

 

Reader comments

The Walkman returns with Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

9 Comments

Seems a little lacking considering the "walkman" brand was always there top of the line portable music players, not to mention rugged. Seems to me they just launched another lower end phone and recycled the fame of the name :( Though I did notice the release included listed under Entertainment "3D Games" and there is also a "Gallery 3D" listed under Organization...

Really? This doesn't appeal to me at all. When I think android media device I'm thinking the Galaxy Players..... Where are they Sammy!?!

It's not for me, as I prefer a larger screen. However not everyone is looking for a 4+ inch screen or cares about processing power. It's a nice looking device with a good size for someone who likes to listen to a lot of music while on the go. I think if Sony pushes it hard enough, it could be quite successful with that niche.

Its not a nice looking device... its been a long time since sony's made something design award worthy.... And anyone outside the overly techy types will either be listening to music on their phones or get an iPod Touch

Unless this actually has awesome Sony Walkman audio using Sony Walkman Audio DSP, its just a crap low-end phone that will do a disservice to the Walkman name.

320MB internal storage and with a 2GB Micro SD isn't very indicative of a music player... Sure you can upgrade that to a 32GB... but I would think it should come with the biggest and best right off the bat. In My Opinion.

I would buy another Zune before I buy this crap!!! Why cant they make something comparable to a iPod touch??? Its not that hard!!!!

Well to be fair, Sony made the Walkman X back in 2009. That was comparable to the iPod Touch at the time. Of course this was before Android really exploded, so it ran on its own OS.

I'd like to see Sony release a new Walkman X with Android and an updated design.