Sony Ericsson refused to wait until the Mobile World Congress opened on Monday in Barcelona, and Sunday evening the company unveiled its prototype Idou smartphone and provided an early glance at its second-ever full touchscreen phone. The company also unveiled an 8 megapixel camera phone and unlimited movie download service for mobile phones.
Sony Ericsson’s Idou may be far from complete, but that didn’t stop the company pulling out the limited number of pre-production demo units they had and running through a quick showcase of some of the touchscreen smartphone’s features.
Company’s new Idou is many things, but the feature most people will notice first is the camera. All 12.1 megapixels of it. With a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, the phone will run the first version of the Symbian Foundation’s operating system and features intuitive touch controls, a Xenon flash, and true 16:9 wide screen viewing. Still unclear about the Sony Ericsson Idou is internal or external storage; we’re assuming the handset will come with both some amount of onboard memory, and a Micro M2 card slot to accommodate all those high-resolution images. Battery details are also unclear, as is the data/charger connector.
Pricing and availability for the Idou prototype has not been announced, but the company says the phone will be released under the company’s new Entertainment Unlimited umbrella in the second half of 2009.
Sony Ericsson Idou Video Presentation
As far as the second release is concerned, the Sony Ericsson W995 will bring a YouTube video player to a high-end Walkman phone, and videos can be streamed via Wi-Fi connectivity and HSDPA. Luckily, the phone will be available in an American version supporting AT&T’s HSDPA network. But while this Walkman phone still does music very well, the W995 is also equipped for heavy duty photo and video tasks, too, and can even upload and download files on fast HSPA. The W995 Walkman is also the first device to feature Sony Ericsson’s new Media Go system, which will handle music and video media files of almost any format, and properly convert them to work on the mobile phone.
This phone is supposed to be a multimedia-centric slider which boasts an 8.1 megapixel camera that features automatic focus, face detection, and also has a flash on hand for when the sun goes down, A-GPS, Google Maps and a 3-month trial of Wayfinder Navigator that will be included in the sales package. Messaging features include SMS with Chat View, MMS, personal e-mail, instant messaging as well as Exchange ActiveSync support for business users.
There’s also WiFi and a sliding lens cover, and an onboard suite of photo-editing applications that allow you to tweak shots on-device. Other friendly features include a 3.5mm headphone port and an included 8GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card for storage, DLNA certification, 118MB of built-in memory and a 2.6-inch QVGA scratch-resistant display.
The mobile will be available in severalcolors: Progressive Black, Cosmic Silver and Energetic Red. The Sony Ericsson W995 will be available in the second quarter of 2009. Price and availability has not been announced yet; moreover the phone is expected to be offered as an unlocked phone only in the U.S.A.
Sony Ericsson W995 Video Presentation