updated 02:40 pm EDT, Thu May 28, 2009
C905, W705 due at Rogers
Canadian wireless provider Rogers announced it is the exclusive retailer of two new advanced Sony Ericsson handsets, including the country's first 8.1-megapixel camera phone, the C905a, and the W705 Walkman. The C905 is touted as a camera with phone functionality, and apart from its large megapixel count, offers face detection, smile shutter and geotagging capabilities through its GPS. A Xenon flash is also built in.
Uploading the captured images is simplified by using either the C905a's 3G connection or Wi-Fi for short range links. Rogers will bundle the handset with a 2GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) memory card to supplement the 160MB of internal storage, though cards up to 8GB in capacity are supported.
Users interface via a 2.4-inch screen with 240x320 resolution and a D-pad. Through the Wi-Fi link, media can be shared with DLNA-compatible devices such as Sony's PlayStation 3. An FM radio tuner with RDS is built-in, as is Bluetooth functionality.
The W705 Walkman is an older handset that features integrated Rogers urMusic, Facebook and YouTube widgets. The latter two allow for quicker and simpler status changes, content viewing and uploading of videos. Otherwise, it touts a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and an included 4GB M2 card, with support for up to 8GB cards.
Sony Ericsson's Shake Control interface lets users change tracks by shaking their handset in one direction or the other. The same media-sharing functionality over Wi-Fi as the C905a with DLNA devices such as a PS3 is also present. To live up to its Walkman name, Sony Ericsson has bundled the W705 with premium earbuds.
The Sony Ericsson C905a is priced at $250 CAD on a three-year Rogers plan and is
available now. Contract-free, the C905a costs $450. The W705 will be released soon, with pricing set at $150 on a three-year term.
Sony Ericsson C905a
Sony Ericsson W705