updated 03:35 pm EDT, Tue July 3, 2007
Sony-Ericsson M610i Photos
Some of the first genuine photos appeared today for the M610i, Sony-Ericsson's upcoming messaging phone. The new shots confirm the "Lizy" codename and that the bar design will primarily be intended for professionals and others who frequently need to check mail during work. A side-mounted scroll wheel and a keypad similar to the P1 will help users quickly navigate and reply to messages. A large touchscreen LCD eliminates the need for a dedicated keypad. Contrary to rumors, however, the device will omit the camera to let it into businesses where photography is a security risk.
This most recent update nevertheless emphasizes that the phone will be friendly to the home environment, packing in an FM radio as well as a Memory Stick Micro slot and Bluetooth. Network connections are provided by tri-band UMTS in Europe and Wi-Fi for nearby hotspots.
Sony-Ericsson's latest leak so far avoids discussing a release date or price, though its lack of EDGE or quad-band GSM will discourage its use in North America. [via Unwired View]