updated 10:30 am EST, Tue February 10, 2009
Sony Ericsson C903 W395
Sony Ericsson's pre-MWC efforts have begun with the launch of two sliders in its Cyber-shot and Walkman lines. Topping the list, the C903 steps up the quality of the company's mid-range cameraphones with a 5-megapixel sensor, flash and a sliding lens cover like on some of Sony's dedicated still cameras. It also includes face and smile detection, TV output and built-in GPS that can geotag shots in addition to locating the owner's position.
The phone sports Bluetooth, FM radio and a Memory Stick Micro slot. Networking includes tri-band, HSPA-based 3G that supports AT&T and Rogers in North America in addition to conventional GSM calls and EDGE data. Black, red and white versions will ship sometime during the spring.
In turn, the W395 upgrades Sony Ericsson's lower mid-range Walkman music phones with relatively bass-heavy stereo speakers, a 2-megapixel camera, FM radio and a 1GB Memory Stick Micro card for pre-supplied storage. Its minimal focus comes through a limitation to GSM and EDGE data, albeit including the 850MHz band. The phone will come in gray and titanium colors and is due before the end of March.