updated 07:00 am EDT, Tue July 22, 2008
Sony Ericsson W302
Sony Ericsson's announcements today wrapped up with a new entry Walkman phone and a trio of speakers. The W302 is labeled the most affordable Walkman phone to date but still comes with a 2-megapixel camera, a 512MB Memory Stick Micro, Bluetooth with stereo sound, and FM radio. It's also relatively slim at about 0.4 inches thick and better-built than some phones in the category with an aluminum front. The phone supports GSM calls and EDGE data and will be ready by the fall.
Matching the phone and the earlier Walkman releases are two Bluetooth speaker systems. The two-piece, stereo MBS-400 and its one-piece MBS-200 equivalent put out calls and music from any cellphone or other device that supports a Bluetooth audio profile and will auto-switch for incoming calls. With those devices that support full Bluetooth music, an OLED display on one of the speakers shows the current track name. Both ship in the fall.
Sony Ericsson's last speaker entry, the MPS-100 depends on a wired 3.5mm headphone connection to a phone or portable media player but is small enough to fit in a pocket; the satellites can attach to each other for travel. It appears simultaneously with its wireless equivalents.
MBS-400 and MBS-200