updated 03:50 pm EST, Thu February 1, 2007
Sony-Ericsson is developing a pair of new cellphones specifically for the entry-level market, an arena seldom explored by the company. The J110i and J120i will both be replacements for the current J100i and should see useful improvements in their displays. A brighter, higher-resolution display on the two editions will help with SMS text messages and using the phone in direct sunlight. The J120i in particular will also break away from the J100's strict focus on calling and will have an FM radio tuner for music. Minor changes such as a more stylish black shell and an improved keypad are equally anticipated.
Both phones should remain faithful to the original creation, but in doing so will keep the phone's record-setting battery life: active talk time will be rated for a full eight hours, with standby lasting for 300 hours. An official announcement for the J-series duo is set for Barcelona's 3GSM conference on the 12th, which should also confirm launch dates and prices. [via Terminal]