Take the tiny little Xperia X8 with Éclair; add some new funky colors, the traditional Walkman logo that embraced a fleet of Sony Ericsson with music-focused features, and well you’re now looking at the very first Walkman phone running Android. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the W8. As expected, the W8 will have a low-end spec similar to the one that it wants to imitate. A 3-inch, 320 x 480 touchscreen, a 600MHz processor, 168MB of RAM and Android 2.1. It’s not listed in the US site, yet, but it’s already up in the Germany’s page.
It seemed that most news from Japan these days are considered bad news, and here’s another one today. Sony Ericsson had their Xperia Android phones lineup for April launch, and though it’s already available in limited quantities, the Japanese company has pushed its Xperia Neo handset launch to at least July. The cause of this is non-other than supply shortage for parts due to the Japanese quake disaster. Additionally, the Xperia Arc and Play devices, two other members of the company’s new Android Gingerbread family, will be available in smaller volume than expected, at least for the near term. This should well explain why the Xperia Play failed to reach some UK carriers in time for its April 1st launch date.
As Sony Ericsson continues to assess the impact of the situation in Japan on its business, we have communicated to our operator customers and distributors that some volume of Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY and Xperia neo phones has been affected. Xperia neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities. However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperianeo’s broader launch and it is now planned for early Q3.
We will address this topic at the time of our Q1 financial results announcement call that is scheduled for April 19, 2011.
Three months after it was announced at CES 2011, the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has finally and officially landed in Malaysia courtesy of Maxis. Not very competitive with today’s smartphone market that’s conquered by dual-core phones, but it’s among the smartphones that’s coming with Gingerbread.
As we’ve known, this Gingerbread Android smartphone is equipped with the Mobile Bravia Engine hardware accelerator for its 4.2-inch multi-touch display, together with Exmor R sensor for its 8.1-megapixel camera that also boost excellent performance in low light conditions through its f/2.4 aperture lens. Internally, it comes with a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor that is paired with 512MB RAM and 320MB of internal storage space.
Maxis is pricing the Xperia Arc at RM 1,499 (USD 499) with a 24-month marriage, or RM 1,599 (USD 529) for an 18-month relationship, or RM1,749 (USD 577) for a 12-month contract, but for those who prefer those no-string-attached relationship, it’s yours for RM 2,099 (USD 695). The device also comes standard with a set of accessories worth RM 429 that include a HDMI cable, in-car charger, 8GB memory card, screen protector and Sony Ericsson MW600 Hi-Fi with FM Radio Bluetooth Headset.
The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is available right now from all Maxis Centre and Sony Ericsson Exclusive Stores nationwide, as well as at selected Maxis Exclusive Partners and Sony Style stores. Alternatively, consumers can also check out the device at the Xperia Arc roadshow that is taking place right now up till 10th April at Mid Valley Megamall. For further information, head on to Sony Ericsson’s official website at www.sonyericsson.com or Maxis at www.maxis.com.my.
When Sony Ericsson announced the Arc, the Arc Neo, and the Play, we though “yeah that’s it”, but it isn’t. Apparently there’s still another undisclosed member of the Xperia. What the heck right? The company has yet to officially announce the phone, but it was spotted in the firm’s PC Companion software in Japan, and it’s called the Acro.
There’s no image of the phone though at this moment, and sites all over the world are starting some very funny rumours of its specifications. XperiaBlog says the Acro sports a 4.2-inch display, an 8.1-megapixel camera, support for NFC, a DTV chip and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Well, looking at how things go, I can assume that the Acro will most certainly be running on Gingerbread (Android 2.3), but anything can happen really. There’s no launch date, and there’s no pricing, heck there’s not even an image. What’s next, a new model call Afro?
Surprise, five PlayStation One titles to the Android Market: Syphon Filter, MediEvil, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, and Jumping Flash, and each will be priced at £3.99 in the UK, with the first two games on the list also being available in five languages. But wait, don’t go and get them just yet, because you’ll need to have an Xperia Play in order to play them. Yes, these games are specially ported for the Xperia Play, and Sony Ericsson has just confirmed that over 60 games will be available at launch for the Xperia Play.
Yes the Sony Next Generation Portable (NGP) isn’t out yet, but it’s worth Sony’s mention. Sony’s streaming subscription music service, Music Unlimited, is headed to both the PlayStation Portable and its pair of divergent spiritual successors the Next Generation Portable and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play.
Eurogamer had a chat with Sony Network Entertainment VP Shawn Layden, who confirmed the news, that the service would be activated (at least in the UK) on PlayStation Portable “in a matter of weeks.”
Meanwhile, Android phones including the infamous PlayStation handset will get Music Unlimited “this year,” and SNE “will make it happen” on the NGP as well, presumably sometime after the company reveals when its beast of a portable game station will actually come out.
So does this mean that we’ll actually see the NGP hitting retail stores within this year?
The Sony Ericsson’s new Android phone that’s oriented for gamers will be arriving in stores on the first day of April for all UK operator partners except for O2. Apparently O2 is facing some software issue with the phone, but we’re not sure which phone, as O2 has exclusivity to the white version while the rest not. This is essentially a software glitch, as other partners don’t seem to face such problem except for O2.
We’ve heard about it for so long, and then we’re previewed by Sony about its awesomeness and the Gingerbread and the new PlayStation feature, and we even see its Havok-engine support. Now, the peeps at UK rejoice and mark your calendar for March 31st. That’s the end of the month and falls in nicely with the “late March” word we’d heard for elsewhere in the world, though that is awfully late. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will hit UK on the last day of March. That is, if you can’t wait for the Sony PlayStation NGP with its awesome quad-core nuclear reactor power.
The news of the PlayStation Phone just won’t stop coming, which shows how real this thing gets. The phone, codenamed Zeus Z1 is getting popped up on the Internet more often now, and we’re getting two more new videos of the phone from Sony. You can clearly see a “PlayStation” icon on the phone’s touchscreen UI, which should hopefully put to rest any doubts that this phone will actually play PlayStation games.
Wow, this sure has taken a very long time for Sony. Sony Ericsson has announced that it’ll begin delivering Android 2.1 upgrades to its X10 line of phones at long last this coming Sunday, October 31st — but odds are pretty good you won’t be in the first batch. In fact, only unbranded X10s, X10 Minis, and X10 Mini Pros in Nordic countries will be getting boosted at first, followed by “more kits” on Monday and throughout November. As a refresher, these updates will bring 720p video capture on the X10 proper (complete with continuous autofocus), a new backup / restore app, and a bunch of other tweaks that should make your classical X10 looks more ‘youthful’ and not so 2009! But I’d prefer if it’s Froyo instead.