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shaliron
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Well we're getting ahead of ourselves aren't we Only 27 phones out of the rumoured forty. Yep you heard me, forty!


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Recent updates:
21/10/07

  • Akiko could be the W890, although the release dates do not match.
  • Lai
    Cyber-shot phone.
  • Shio
    Cyber-shot phone.
  • Alona
    Walkman phone.
  • Deena
    Walkman phone.
  • Madonna
    Walkman phone.
  • Erika is the W908c.
  • MBS-100 variant
    A larger version of the MBS-100.
  • MDS-70 successor
    It will have a 6.5" subwoofer and stereo speakers.
  • There will be an innovation with the imaging hardware.

13/10/07

  • An upcoming media centric phone, possibly Mooi, will have an interface like the PSP-style K850/W910 'Media' managers.


Walkman phones

  • Alona
    Walkman phone.
  • Deena
    Walkman phone.
  • Madonna
    Walkman phone.
  • W350
    Low end clamshell. Walkman version of the Z350. 1.3 megapixel camera. Could be W350. To be announced on the 11th of October.
  • Slim Walkman Phone
    To be named W770. Mid range candybar. Could be a Walkman version of the K770. No visible frontal camera, 2.2" QVGA screen, non-AF camera, and made of plastic. Could be like a W580 in a candybar form.
  • W890 (more)
    A W890 successor. Mid-high end candybar. It will have a 3.2MP camera with AF but no flash, 2" QVGA screen, light sensor and made of metal. Will come in at least 2 colours, black and brown. Will be JP-8. Should be available soon after announcement (to make the Christmas rush). To be released in 7-8 months (as of Feb 2007).
  • W750
    Walkman version of Irina. High end flip phone. Very similar spec wise to the recent Japanese SO903i. May have UIQ. Silver and stylish. Will come in green. Special music dial. Long battery life. Stereo speakers.
  • True W950 successor
    A true W950 successor.
  • Mooi
    High end candybar. A direct competitor to the iPhone and may have a PSP-style interface (similar to K850/W910 Media intefaces). It will have a d-pad, and six buttons and no keypad, with a touchscreen for most functions. Similarly or more highly spec'd than Maria. To be announced on November 15th and released in week 9 of 2008.

Cyber-shot phones

  • Lai
    Cyber-shot phone.
  • Shio
    Cyber-shot phone.
  • Cyber-shot Slider (more)
    Cyber-shot phone. No info. Could be rumoured K800 slider?
  • Cyber-shot clamshell
    A clamshell phone with a 5 megapixel camera. Black design. True Z800 successor.
  • K860
    High end candybar. A redesigned K850 with a sliding lens cover, DVB-H (mobile TV), and GPS.
  • Optical Zoom Cyber-shot
    A phone with optical zoom will be released by Q2 of 2008.
  • K850 successor
    The next flagship Cyber-shot for 2008. High end candybar.
  • Symbian Cyber-shot
    A UIQ smartphone will be branded Cyber-shot in 2008.

Smartphones

  • P3
    The P990 successor in a slider form factor and will slimmer and lighter (approximately 125g) than the P990. It will have a 2.8" VGA screen, GPS, wi-fi 802.11b/g, Symbian OS 9.1,160MB internal memory, wap 2.0 support, C++ support, a 5 megapixel camera (with AF and flash), HSDPA/HSUPA, 128MB RAM, and will run UIQ 3.2 or 4. P3 to be announced in November.
  • Windows Mobiles phone
    A phone running Windows Mobile. To be released in the second half of 2008.
  • Mooi
    See Walkman phones^

Emotional Design phones

  • Z350
    A new low end clamshell. 1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth, and gesture control (something to do with accelerometer perhaps). A geometric design (criss-crossing lines in the shape of rhombuses), with the camera area integrated into the geometric design. It'll have a hidden external display and it is part of the emotional design series. Could be Z350. Should be approximately €150. To be announced on the 11th of October.
  • Slim clamshell
    Will be available in Purple. To be announced on Thursday (tomorrow), the 11th of October.
  • Premium slider
    Competitor to Nokia's 8xxx series. To be released in Spring (Q2) 2008.

Mobile TV phones

  • DVB-H Phone
    A phone with DVB-H is going to be available next year.

Generic phones

  • K205a
    Low end candybar. It will have a VGA camera, and no radio. K200 for the US market.
  • Lena
    To be announced on November 15th and released in week 8 of 2008.
  • Veronica
    No other information.
  • Lin
    No other information.
  • Emma (Laine)
    No other information.
  • Serena (Williams)
    No other information.
  • Nathalie
    No other information.
  • Anabel (Medina Garrigues)
    No other information.
  • Filipa
    No other information.
  • Akiko (Wakabayashi)
    Could be W890 although release dates do not match. To be announced on November 15th and released in week 9 of 2008.
  • Irina
    A clamshell which will come in both black or white. Large screen. Looks similar to this phone
  • VGA screen phone
    A phone with a VGA screen (not P3); probably the gaming phone.

Gaming phones

  • Gaming mobile
    A gaming orientated phone will be released with a dedicated graphics chip in 2008 and a VGA screen. It will have dedicated gaming buttons and motion sensors. It may be announced on the 11th of February, 2008.

Japanese Phones

  • SO905i
    SO905i will have a 3" WVGA (800x480) screen, one-seg BRAVIA branded,, 3 speakers, 50 hours of DMB battery life, 3.2 megapixel camera (CMOS) with AF and anti-shake, and a jog dial. SO905i to be announced during late Q3 (about now), and should be ready for sale by Q4. SO905i may have a asymmetrical design.
  • SO905iCs
    Code named Cyber-shot SO905i.

Upcoming Colours

  • The K770 is meant to be available in seven colours. Up to now only beige, brown, and purple have been officially announced.
  • The V640 has been seen in white, which has yet to be announced.
  • The W880 will come in 'Pitch Black', as seen here.

Accessories

  • Rotating Desk Stand
    A rotating desk stand to take advantage of new phones' accelerometers, i.e. watch movies horizontally.
  • Upgraded MMV-220
    A more poweful version of the MMV-220.
  • GPS handsfree
    Another handsfree intergrated with GPS.
  • GPS bluetooth watch
    Eldar stated that the size of the MWB-100 is because "it’s a reserve for the future release of a watch model armed with GPS-receiver". Nice.
  • MBS-100 variant
    A larger version of the MBS-100.
  • MDS-70 successor
    It will have a 6.5" subwoofer and stereo speakers.

Announcements

  • There may be an announcement on the 15th of November. This will be the last announcement for the year. Mooi, Lena, the P3, and Akiko may be announced along with Play Now v5.0.
  • There may be an announcement on the 11th of February, 2008. The gaming phone may be announced.

Strategies

  • We may see BRAVIA branded phone screens next year if Sony Ericsson Japan is a representation of next year for Sony Ericsson. Sony Ericsson normally does follow the trends/strategies of their Japanese branch and this could mean that we already know some specs of upcoming phones, i.e. SO903i and W880. The BRAVIA brand could be used for branding DVB-H for mobile TV to promote the quality of the screens being used, which will be high resolution and widescreen (240x432). The index B or D will be used for BRAVIA branded phones.

Upcoming features

  • Sony Ericsson is working on mobiles that will conform to the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) which is an alliance between major corporations (such as Sony, Microsoft and Nokia) which will allow seamless integration between different devices, eg. watching videos from your computer on your TV.
    The method in which this could be applied to mobiles is through sharing of videos, i.e. one mobile can watch the video content of another mobile. And just as a side note, because all the major mobile companies are part of the DLNA, this will mean that they are also working on phones supporting DLNA, meaning that all mobiles will be able to interact seamlessly.
    Sony Ericsson will have products supporting DLNA out to market by mid 2007, meaning that there will probably be even more video/TV centric devices to come in the second half of 2007.
  • The M series will continue to have QWERTY keypads.
  • The joint venture with Sagem could result in some new technologies being acquired by Sony Ericsson, eg. internal DVB-H antenna.
  • High quality LCD screens to be used in SE phones sooner rather than later. Will be ahead of the competition.
  • A new camera module is in development with better colour reproduction.
  • Sony Ericsson will move towards Windows Mobile, with a phone running Windows Mobile to be out by the second half of 2008. This will probably be alongside their UIQ phones.
  • Integrated graphics chips to be incorporated with the launch of gaming orientated mobiles (to be released in 2008).
  • Continuing support for both M2 and MicroSD.
  • No inbuilt GPS for 2007-2008. Rather, it will continue to be intergrated in the handsfree kits. GPS applications will be bundled though.
  • 2008 mid range will still be based on the non-smartphone A100 platform.
  • A couple of phones (music orientated) will have 3.5mm headphone jacks on the actual body of the mobile - music orientated meaning Walkman branded mobiles.
  • The K850 style touch sensitive softkeys will be further incorporated into the portfolio. They will eventually move into the mid range.
  • Japanese phones will soon have wide-VGA screens which will be accompanied by a new UI.
  • A multimedia centric phone, possibly Mooi, will sport an interface similar to the PSP-style Media interfaces on the K850 and W910.


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Well, all I now, is that SE as almost nothing new yet. Only de K320i ... so...
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-One of the phones is Cybershot. Possibly 5 megapixel and 3x optical zoom

Highly doubt that ^^^
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Why? its not impossibe?
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there should be a 5MP cam, since nokia has already built one and about to put it back into the market next year!
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I doubt the 5mp cybershot phone will get even close to N95
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On 2006-10-17 07:00:38, SloopJohnB wrote:
I doubt the 5mp cybershot phone will get even close to N95


Why?

And what's the difficulty of having a 5mp camera and 3x optical zoom. It's been done, separately, and it can't be too huge a problem for SE. Remember Sony has a lot of experience with cameras to help with the design for this.
It's also not like these phones are going to be released anytime soon, next year.

But, what I really find annoying is this mobile megapixel race. More megapixels do not increase the quality by much unless you really want to print out large PHONE photos. 6x4 is enough, and more megapixels in such a small sensor and lens means bad photo quality. Noise and storage is the biggest enemy.

3.2 megapixels is enough. I don't need 5. Seriously...


And the other section of the first post:


Walkman phones

  • Melinda (Czink) (more in second photo) (more) (more)
    Could be named W200. Based on K310. An ultra low end phone. Similar to the W300 in candybar. Right side has volume buttons, Walkman button and camera button. Left side has the play/pause button. Memory expansion.
    Announced on the 7th of January, 2007
  • Laura
    Walkman version of Lindsay and includes a pedometer. Mid range slider, 14mm thick, 2 megapixel camera, stereo speakers and 2G. Competitor to the Nokia 5300. Will be released by the end of the first quarter. Part of the Emotional Design range.
    Announced on the 26th of March, 2007
  • (Li) Na (more)
    To be named W770, or could be W610. Walkman version of the K770. Will have a 2 megapixel camera with auto-focus like the K770. The only difference is firmware, i.e. Walkman v2.0 player.
    Announced on the 6th of February, 2007
  • Ai (Sugiyama) (more) (more) (more) (more)
    To be named W880; W888 is the Chinese variant. Ultra slim (9.4mm) candybar phone. Similar features to the W850, but only a 1.9 inch QVGA screen. Metal on front, rubberized black material on back. Connector on the side. Keys like the K770 or 8850. Available on the market in Silver and Black 3G and HSDPA. Will come out with a 1GB M2 Micro Memory Stick. (more specs)
    Previewed on the 7th of January, 2007 | Announced on the 6th of February, 2007.
  • Faye
    To be named W660. Walkman phone available Q2.
    Announced on the 6th of February, 2007
  • Erika (Sawajiri)
    This is the codename for the W908c.
  • Shinobu (Asagoe) (more) (more)
    W850/W900 successor. Slider, 2MP fixed focus camera, 12.5mm thick, 2.4" QVGA screen and HSDPA. Pick up/Hang up keys, gaming keys, and base similar to W580. Cost should be roughly €430. It could be for American market as well. Shinobu will have similar specifications to the Z750. Shinobu will have the Walkman player v3.0 and will have a 16 million colour BRAVIA branded screen. It will also have plastic that will change shade in different light. It will come in red and black, and possibly silver. Its dimensions are approximately 96x49x12.5mm. Will have a music shaker feature (which indicates an accelerometer). Tilt forward skips forward, tilt back skips back, and shaking phone goes to a random track. May be gaming focused. Will have Walkman v3.0.
    Announced on the 14th of June, 2007
  • Maria (Sharapova)
    W950 successor. 8GB of flash memory. Unclear of what the difference between Maria and Mooi is; there may be a specifications downgrade though. It may come with a stereo bluetooth headset in the sales package. Will have Walkman v3.0.
    Announced on the 14th of June, 2007

Cyber-shot phones

  • Li (Na) (more) (more) (more) (more) (K550im)
    To be named K770 or K550? Next low end Cyber-shot. 2 megapixel camera with auto-focus, two LEDs for flash. Has a 176x220 screen. Competitor to the 6233. Does not have 3G. Available in black and white. Will have an i-mode variant called K550im. Dimensions of 102x46x14mm. May be released by the 23 of February at approximately £230.
    Announced on the 6th of February, 2007
  • Samantha (Stosur)
    To be named K810. Cyber-shot, 17mm thick candybar phone. 3.2 megapixel camera. May be for Asian or European market.
    Announced on the 6th of February, 2007
  • Victoria
    A fashion phone similar to the T650. It will be made of plastic, be 14mm thick, 1.9" QVGA screen and Cyber-shot branded. Available in five colours, including mocha/gold and purple. It will have a long, narrow (1cm) lens cover, which is rounded at the ends, which spans the length of the body; not unlike Sony's T series Cyber-shot cameras. It will be announced on the 14th of August, and it will be shipped with a 128MB M2 memory stick
  • Sofia (Arvidsson) (more in first, fourth & sixth photo) (more)
    The K800 successor and could be named K850. Will support HSDPA 850. 5 megapixel camera with xenon flash and minimum QVGA @ 30fps video recording. Similar size to the K610 but 3mm wider (probably to accommodate the larger screen) to make it 102x48x17mm. It will have a metal based body and metallic keys. It will have a 2.4 inch 16 million colour screen which will be scratch resistant. EDGE and HSDPA. Will not have optical zoom. May use a white AF assist lamp so that it can double as a light for recording. Mechanical lens cover (similar to Sony T33). May have Walkman player v3.0. Will be released in September/October at roughly €485.
    Announced on the 14th of June, 2007

Smartphones

Emotional Design phones

  • Alva
    A low end clamshell called the Z310. Will have EDGE. VGA camera. MP3 ringtones and Bluetooth v2.0. 128x160 STN 65k screen. External monochrome display plus symbol display (like the Motorola W220).
    Announced on the 5th of December, 2006.
  • Anastasia
    To be named Z350. A phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera. K510 variant (in a different form factor).
    Announced on the 14th of June, 2007
  • Lindsay (Davenport) (video)
    To be named S500 or Exxx. Slider phone. 2 megapixel camera, 2G, 14mm thick, available in three colours (green being one colour), and glowing lights around phone (maybe like Z520).
    Announced on the 8th of May, 2007
  • Daniela (Hantuchova)
    To be named Z750. A K810 but in a different form factor; improved specs include HSDPA and 2.2 inch screen. Launched in approximately 53 days (as of the 6th of Jan). True successor to the Z800. May also be SO903i variant. Slim design. Part of the Emotional Design range.
  • Laura
    See in Walkman Phones

Generic phones

  • J110
    Update to the J100 with a more vibrant screen.
    Announced on the 6th of February, 2007
  • J120
    Update to the J100 with a more vibrant screen and FM radio.
    Announced on the 6th of February, 2007
  • Olga
    To be named T250. Similar looks to Nicole with spaced out keypad and smaller black display area.
    Announced on the 8th of May, 2007
  • Nicole
    To be named K530. K610 successor. Candybar, 2MP fixed focus camera, 13mm thick, 2 inch 176x220 screen, and 3G. Cost should be roughly €190.
    Announced on the 14th of June, 2007
  • K630
    A generic version of the V640. Low-mid range candybar. It will have a 2 megapixel camera, 176x220px screen, and about 16-17mm thick. Will come in three colours: brown/gold, black/orange, and white/orange. Very much like a K530 with JP-8 and HSDPA. Specifications are very similar to the K530.
  • Generic (silver) Ai
    A generic silver version of the Ai with no Walkman v2.0 media player. Said to be named K770, but numbering doesn't seem right for a 3G phone. K7xx series is for 2G phones, so the actual index could be something else, such as K650. Possibly held back to be reworked into a stronger product instead of being just a 'generic W880'. Now is very dissimilar to W880.
    Announced on the 8th of May, 2007

Vodafone phones

  • Jie (more)
    To be named V640. Low-mid range Vodafone exclusive candybar version of the K640 and successor to the V630. It will have a 2 megapixel camera, 176x220px screen, and about 16-17mm thick. Will come in three colours: brown/gold, black/orange, and white/orange. Very much like a K530 with JP-8 and HSDPA. Specifications are very similar to the K530.
    Announced on the 28th of September, 2007.

Japanese Phones

  • SO704i
    There is to be a NTT DoCoMo SonyEricsson SO704i announced in July. It's a flip phone. Specifications include: WCDMA, exchangeable covers (style-up panels with illumination lights), 2 megapixel autofocus camera, and a widescreen. 2.74" TFT screen (240x432).
  • W52S (more)
    CDMA EVDO. Slider similar in looks to W44S with a 2 (CMOS) megapixel camera. Base colour is grey with different colours at different viewing angles. Walkman branded, one-seg DMB digital radio tuner, Qualcomm MSM6550 chipset, Sound reality technology, half-auto sliding mechanism, jog dial scrapped, and a 3 inch 240x432 16:9 screen with Bravia RealityMAX engine. 2GB flash memory. May have DMB removed to be placed in separate phone, but will be still be released by June/July.
    Announced on the 22 of May, 2007
  • W54S
    Designed for the AU KDDI Autumn collection. First CDMA EVDO rev.A phone from Sony Ericsson. 4 megapixel camera (CMOS) with AF, one-seg DMB, digital radio, 2GB internal flash memory, 3" WVGA screen. Cyber-shot branded (first ever). Although if it is not Cyber-shot branded, a version with Cyber-shot branding will eventually be released.
  • SO703i (lower picture)
    Lower end fashion 3G phone for NTT DoCoMo. 2 megapixel camera, style up covers, dual card slot, 2.7 inch wide screen and will come in black, white and silver.
    Announced on the 16th of January, 2006.
  • W51S
    Successor of W43S.
    Announced on the 16th of January, 2006.
  • SO903iTV (upper picture)
    Another DVB-H phone which can record digital broadcasts at VGA quality. Smaller than the W44S. Has a 2 megapixel camera, EVDO RevA and a 3 inch screen. Improved hinge design. 3 inch widescreen LCD. Size is 111 x 50 x 19.5mm.
    Announced on the 16th of January, 2006.

Accessories

  • HBH-DS200
    A new bluetooth headset is to be released with bluetooth v2.1 and EDR. It will also feature a 3.5mm jack and will be approximately 14mm thick and 65-70mm long. It will come in silver, noble back and hearty red.
  • MBR-100
    Is described as a "Bluetooth Music Receiver for streaming wireless stereo audio from a phone or other device to your own home stereo equipment".
    Announced on the 7th of January, 2007
  • HPM-75
    An upgrade to the HPM-70 with improved sound quality.
    Announced on the 6th of February, 2007
  • MBS-100
    A bluetooth speaker system shaped as a ball. To be announced on October 11th.
  • HCB-105
    An upgraded in-car bluetooth handsfree speaker. To be announced on October 11th.
  • MWB-150 Walkman Edition
    Eldar hinted about a Walkman version of the Sony Ericsson bluetooth watch. This may have the ability to display track information. Will have leather strap.
    Announced on the 7th of June, 2007
  • MWB-150 Executive Edition
    A smaller version of MWB-100. Will have metal strap.
    Announced on the 7th of June, 2007
  • MWB-150 Classic Edition
    A smaller version of MWB-100. Will have leather strap.
    Announced on the 7th of June, 2007

Announcements

  • There will be a small announcement next week (as of the 4th of December). The Ai will not be part of this announcement.
    This was the announcement for the Z310 on the 5th of December, 2006.
  • There will apparently be an announcement in '~25 days' as of the 11th of December. Melinda (W200), Ai (W880), Na (W770), Li (K770), K550, Serena (W610) and Sofia will be announced.
    This was a preview for the Ai (W880) and the announcement of the W200 and the MBR-100 on the 7th of January, 2007.
  • Phones will be announced at 3GSM (13th February to 16th) and CeBIT (15th March to 21st).
  • There will apparently be an announcement on the 6th of February. The Ai (W880) will probably be announced.
    This was the announcement for the J110, J120, K200, K220, K550, K550im, K810, W610, W880, W888, HPM-75, HBH-PV702, HBH-PV710, MRC-60, and the PC300.
  • There will apparently be an press conference on the 11th of February. This is probably going to be a "press review", but hints are towards the Lizy (M610) being announced.
    No announcement but press recap.
  • There may be an announcement between the 15th and 21st of March. The Sofia is one of the phones most likely to be announced.
    This was the announcement for the W660, MPS-75, and IPK-100 on the 14th of February.
  • There may be an announcement within five days of March 23.
    This was the announcement for the W580 and Z750 on the 26th of March.
  • There may be an announcement on the 8th of May. There may be three UIQ (one Walkman and two business), one high end Walkman (maybe Shinobu), and one low end. Sofia could be possible sixth, but doubtful.
    This was the announcement for the Laura (S500), T650, T250, and Elena (P1).
  • There should be an announcement in May for AU KDDI. This will be for Japanese phones.
    This was the announcement for the W52S and W53S on the 22nd of May.
  • There should be an announcement on the 14th of June. Shinobu, Maria, Sofia, Anastasia, and a possible fifth phone will be announced, along with at least one bluetooth headset (HBH-DS200). Three bluetooth watches (one Walkman and two generic) may also be announced.
    This was the announcement for the Sofia (K850), Shinobu (W910), Mooi (W960), Anastasia (Z320), Nicole (K530), Z320 and various accessories on the 14th of June.
  • The next announcement may be on the 14th of August. Victoria and Jie may be announced.
    This was the announcement on the 14th of August for the Victoria (K770).
  • There may be an announced on the 11th of October for new accessories, and the Z350, W350, and slim clamshell.
    This was the announcement on the 11th of October for the K630, MBS-100, and HCB-105.

[b]Strategies


  • Pairs of phones still seems to be the strategy. K650/W650 etc. all seem to be similar spec and form factor wise.
  • Handycam phones may not exist. The Handycam series could just be rolled into the Cyber-shot series (imaging and video).
  • The mid to low range is again Sony Ericsson's main focus for 2007, but that does not mean that there will be a shortage of high end phones (i.e. Maria and Elena).
  • The time between announcement and release date for UIQ phones will be very little from now on.
  • Swivels are dead; at least for this year, meaning that the Adriana is either slider or fake.
  • Beginings of 'designer' and 'premium' series. The T650 is an example of a designer model - a mobile which values form over function, although SE is trying to create a 'semi-premium' range which is set apart by its design.

Upcoming features

  • More Sony Ericsson accessories to be compatible with new Fastport location. Maybe Cyber-shot and Walkman ones, eg. Walkman speakers that will work with the phone horizontally or BRAVIA 'TV' docks with speakers.
  • More Walkman phones, with capabilities to work with the bluetooth watch.
  • The placement of the Fastport on the side will be a theme on high end phones.
  • QVGA will be the standard video recording for higher mid range Sony Ericsson phones. That means K800 successor and higher. The fps is yet to confirmed. Worst case scenario is 15 fps. More to do with stability issues.
  • There may be a Nokia S40 style three softkey setup for navigation. A new UI may bring in the use of calling keys and a C button instead of just a back and C button.
  • A new Walkman player (v3.0) is probably going to come out around late 2007. With the 3rd range of Walkman phones, dedicated DSP chips (digital signal processing chips) to increase the sound quality and hardware based noise cancellation. Software wise may have a redesigned interface (bubble animations), full screen effects, animated album art, new organisation, and custom themes; not all these will make it to the final version. Shinobu will be the first phone to have this.
  • Sony Ericsson may use a dual card slot (microSD and M2) like its Japanese phones.
  • Slim phones will also make an appearance, with 'a few' slim sliders (Lindsay and Laura).
  • GPS will make its way into phones this year.
  • Sony Ericsson will have a phone equipped with an accelerometer (to detect the orientation of the phone, horizontal or vertical) before the iPhone is available in Europe.
  • Cyber-shot phones will continue to have more camera related extras, such as photo key lights, camera covers etc.
  • There may be a possible P990 OS update. It will be to fix a lot of issues, such as: the menu organization (consistency), overall speed (system resource management), and the various bugs. It could also include a chance of upgrading to Symbian OS9.3, but only a chance.
  • The 5 megapixel camera module for Sofia and the other 5MP cameraphone has been finalized.
  • Light effects to complement the phone will continue to become a feature integrated into future phones.
  • QVGA screens are going to intergrated in the Sony Ericsson portfolio more readily in 2008. That means, that QVGA should finally become standard for the mid range.
  • MicroUSB sockets could be intergrated in SE mobiles.
  • In Q3 2007, the A100 platform (the default non-smartphone platform) functionality will be upgraded again. These changes include:
    - Support for electronic transactions, mobile banking, etc.
    - Mobile commerce
    - GPS support, and programs associated with GPS.
    - Supprt for VoIP
    - 3D graphics
    - Content hadler API
    - Scalable 2D vector graphics API for JAVA ME
    - Mobile internationalization API
    - Support for OPEN GL
    - Support for motion sensors (accelerometers). This means intergration of accelerometers and games (and other Java applications).
  • New interesting form factor concepts, eg. slide > keyboard > slide > screen here.
  • A new UIQ system is almost complete. Known as R6 or 9.3
  • Brown and purple will be another colour of choice from SE.
  • A number of applications may be introduced, including: PDF/Document viewers, karaoke, TV, maps, enhanced Cyber-shot imaging software.


Walkman

  • T920
    Internal numbering for the W908c.
  • T921
    Internal numbering for the W910.
  • W999
    Phone with 176x220 screen, 3G, and NetFront browser. Very strange specifications for a phone with this model number.
    Cancelled phone, but the 'spy pics' are fake.

Cyber-shot phones

  • Severine (Bremond)
    Has a 3x optical zoom. Similar specifications to the K850.
    Cancelled due to the delay in the release of the K850.

Smartphones

  • Lizy (more) (more) (more)
    To be named M610. The successor of the M600. M600 with facelift and Wi-Fi. Will come in silver and is more edgy than M600 in design. It will be made of plastic.
    Cancelled because of the similarities between this and the P1.
  • Coming soon
    Eight UIQ phones will be available next year, including the three that we have this year (M600, W950, and P990). So this means that there are apparently five new UIQ phones yet to be announced. Two UIQ phones will be announced in Q1.
    Change of the direction of UIQ for SE.
  • P990 without thumbboard
    A smaller version (2cm shorter) of the P990. Should have been announced a while ago, but is still yet to appear.
    Probably cancelled.

Emotional Design phones

  • E510
    Emotional design. Mid range.
    Code name for Z310.
  • E530
    Another emotional design phone. Mid range.
    Code name for Z610

Generic phones

  • T125
    Low end candybar. 128x160 screen.
    Code number for the T250.

Handycam phones

  • Adriana
    High end slider with a twist. May not be Handycam branded, could be Cyber-shot branded instead. Good video recording capabilities. Might be based on M600 (so it may be a smartphone). This could be the W900 re-release as well due to the emphasis on improved video capabilities.
    Cancelled series which will result in these features being incorporated into the other series.

BRAVIA phones

  • Slider DVB-H phone
    To be named B700. A slider phone with a widescreen LCD.
    This was just a prototype European DVB-H phone.
  • BRAVIA Screen Phone
    Large screen. TV on your mobile. This phone will probably be based on the W44S and it will be showcased at 3GSM in February.
    Cancelled due to cancellation of BRAVIA series.

Gaming phones

  • PSP phone
    A gaming phone with a PSP style interface.
    Could have been Shinobu.
  • Gaming phone
    A 'gaming' phone that isn't just going to be a PSP phone. Not a standard gaming phone. Use of wireless game transfer. Dual graphics processors, stereo speakers and a high resolution screen, all on a body similar to the Sidekick 3. In addition it will also have a 'special' interface. 2x 8GB flash memory for storing games. Only in development stages.
    Just a concept.

Japanese Phones

  • Cancelled swivel
    Rectangular white swivel. Larger than the 7370 so could've been W900 successor.
    Cancelled to fit more mass market.
  • W42S Prototype
    Design of a slider phone for a Japanese market.
    Cancelled to be replaced by the W42S.

Announcements

  • There will be a 'flagship-level devices' event on the 15th of October. Whether high end phones, or even any new phones is unknown.
    Just a press event regarding UIQ.

Strategies

  • One to three series will die. K series may be gone by mid 2007 and/or Z series. When the K series is retired, C may be the replacement. S Series reborn for sliders. P series reborn for smartphones with cameras. T series reborn for attractive candybars. The index G may be used for gaming phones.

Upcoming features

  • Once again, an upgraded platform; a new UI. Active standby is apparently one of the features. With active standby you can have applications or tasks on the standby screen. It will also add: more scalable vectors/icons and menu choices (themes), enhanced menu use, and automatic previewing of menu items i.e. hovering on camera for a while opens a camera preview etc. Example of UI
  • HSDPA will make its way into most mid-high range phones, and EDGE will become almost standard across the range. Sofia and a Walkman slider are confirmed as having HSDPA.


Walkman Phones

  • European W42S
    To be named W880. A Walkman slider phone with 3G and a 1.3 megapixel camera.
    The W880 is confirmed as the Ai, SE never releases phones worldwide, and this phone has no place in the portfolio.
  • W825
    A W810 successor.
    Probably false due to already crowded Walkman midrange.

Generic Phones

  • K550
    2 megapixel camera (fixed focus), memory expansion, 176x220 screen with 65K colours and 2G plus EDGE.
    Probably cancelled due to very full range of phones with similar specifications.
  • K620
    A blue upgrade to the K610. Will have 3.2 megapixel camera and 100MB of internal memory.
    Disproven due to little fact or supporting information.

Walkman/Cyber-shot phones

  • High end slider
    Could be combination of the K800 and W850 in a slider. May be referring to the W900 re-release. Cyber-shot branded 3.2 megapixel camera with xenon flash. Slimmer than W810, new type of touch sensitive buttons, metal body and black.
    Was confused with the infamous 'SE Chocolate'.

Announcements

  • There will be an announcement today (21st of December).
    Well that was a hoax.
  • There will be an announcement this year for the W200 and around 12 more phones.
    2006 is over and there is no announcement.
  • The may be an announcement on the 27th or 28th of February. The Sofia, Irina (Z810), Elena (M700), and Maria will probably be announced.
    No announcement.
  • There may be an announcement on the 15th of April.
    No announcement.
  • There may be an announcement on the 20th of April. Probably announcement for Nicole and Shinobu, and possibly Elena.
    No announcement. This was a press release regarding financial performance.
  • There may be minor announcement to counter a Nokia announcement between now and May 28th.
    No announcement.
  • There may be an announcement on the 28th of May. Shinobu and Sofia could be announced.
    No announcement.

Strategies

  • E series may be used for Emotional Design phones. Whether this is followed is unknown because the Emotional Design philosophy is being incorporated into other series.
  • Cut down in number of phones released (to avoid too many variations).

Upcoming features

  • We will see quite a few non-touchscreen UIQ phones this year.


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Thats what we ALL thought with 2MP with AutoFocus. now we have 3.2MP with image stabilization.

Memory size isnt a signifant jump from 2-5MP when we're talking about MSDuoPro standard. Think about M2 card then we're all worried until the format jumps to 2MB. I'm hoping that the read/write speeds increase that would be significant improvement to immediate saving, and jumping to getting ready to snap the next photo. Instead of choosing which of the BESTPIC photos to save - imagine ALL get saved, and you can sort'em out later.

> The whole megapixel race on phones bothers me too. But there is a reason we all stick with SE. QUALITY, thats right boys & girls you can say it too. Q.U.A.L.I.T.Y! 6x4 pics are good but I want that 10x8 photo to be the best quality so that if I crop it in photoshop or in iPhoto I can send them online - pics of varying size and arrangement/layout for the custom hardbinded photo album I've ordered for my family in Jamaica (put your family's country there). And you see the big picture. I want to have large photos that I can upload to my - to be created blog whenever I get the K790i for others to view.

> Most importantly if the video chip, lens and platform support will need to increase so that video recording dimensions increase from what we have and get better.

Some things to think about.
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this is take from Mobile Review, statement made by Playdead:
http://forum2.mobile-review.com/showthread.php?t=55525

rss_ndrsn asks: "Is SE going to announce a phone similar to what they had announced lately (japanese phone)"

playdead:
"Yes But later and more advanced"

little extra from playdead in regards to announcement of this phone:

"chlettn, can't say much, cause I just don't know, announcement should be as usual before/in 3GSM in february/march

PS: remember SO902iS and k800? The latest is almost exact copy" (features-wise) of the japan model...


possible/likely k800i replacement mentioned by playdead?

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Regarding megapixels,frankly i always like to have more,it gives me more room to play with and details.
Digital Image stabilisation is much like digital zoom,useless most of the time,
If its an optical one,oh yeah..
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Cool! Hopefully some leakage will come out before then.
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And now, I've picked up another one from Eldar's review of the Nokia 5300. A mid range slider is to be released by the 1st quarter of 2007.

Here's what Eldar said:
Quote:

A sliding rival coming from Walkman family is to be release by the end of the first quarter of 2007



I can imagine specs of QVGA screen, 1.3 or 2 megapixel camera...
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Would be nice ...
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sounds great but Sony Ericsson need to introduce soon 4-5 megapixel camera phone if they want to compete with Nokia.
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On 2006-10-18 15:25:32, Tehy03 wrote:
sounds great but Sony Ericsson need to introduce soon 4-5 megapixel camera phone if they want to compete with Nokia.




But Nokia's not going to make a best seller out of that. It's far too expensive for the mass sale of these to the public. The K800 is about the premium that most people would pay for a phone.
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