updated 01:00 pm EST, Tue February 6, 2007
Sony PC Card and headsets
The stream of Sony-Ericsson news continues with the announcement of three new phone headsets and a PC Card. The premier headset is the HBH-PV710 (pictured), which uses Bluetooth 1.2, and features a swivelling ear hook and a battery that provides up to 12 hours of talk or 12.5 days of standby. The body of the unit is silver by default, but can be changed with the bundled red and brown covers. The HBH-PV702 has the similar option of white or black covers for its dark gray body, but is otherwise a stripped version of the PV710, having a fixed hook and a shorter battery life, amounting to eight hours of talk and 8.3 days of standby. Lastly, the HPM-75 is simply a corded stereo headset, equipped with a call answer button and a jack that allows different headphones to be used. Different earbud sizes are included in the box. The 710 should ship this quarter; the 702 and the 75 are due in the second.
The PC Card is the PC300, which is the first from the company to support four different connection schemes: EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, and HSDPA. Speeds of up to 3.6Mbps are possible, and the connection can automatically switch to another network when leaving the range of a previous one. The card is also compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows machines, though the latter must be running Windows 2000 or higher. EDGE and GPRS connections are quad-band (850, 900, 1,800, and 1,900MHz) while UMTS and HSDPA connections are tri-band (850, 1,900, and 2,100MHz). The PC300 should ship in the third quarter.