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Muhammad-Oli
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– BEST THREAD 2009 –

– BEST POST 2009 –

THIS 2009 THREAD IS CLOSED! CATCH UP WITH SONY ERICSSON IN 2010 WITH SE_LOVE RIGHT HERE!

In this thread you will find all the exciting details of Sony Ericsson's 2009 mobile phone and accessory portfolio. This includes any upcoming announcement dates, spy pictures and even a bit of Japanese goodness! But of course, your best source for Japanese phone information is Clauf's Keitai Corner thread.

We rely on information from informed members and unofficial websites, so anything written in this thread must not be taken for the truth until it is confirmed by Sony Ericsson themselves on announcement day. This thread and the information inside it is entirely unofficial. Please don't raise your expectations too high because, as 2008 showed us, phones can be canceled even when their announcement date is about to hit!

I would like to thank Goldenface for the huge effort he made on The All New Sony Ericsson Portfolio for 2008. His work to keep the thread up to date ensured that everyone had an excellent place to find information on all the excitement and disappointment that was Sony Ericsson in 2008. So a huge thanks goes to Goldenface from all of us I'm sure, and hopefully he will still be able to visit us in 2009!

You can use the following quick links to get to the information you want quickly:

  • Latest Updates – go
  • Spy-Shots – go
  • Upcoming Announcement Dates – go
  • Walkman Phones – go
  • Cybershot Phones – go
  • Smartphones – go
  • Other Phones – go
  • Japanese Phones – go
  • Accessories – go
  • Codenames – go
  • Miscellaneous – go
  • Announced Phones – go
  • Skip First Post – go


The very latest information to hit the thread. It will be updated as soon as the news happens!

22rd November 2009 – Eldar at Mobile Review has put up a review of Kurara somewhat unfairly, since it is a prototype and hasn't even been announced (so is in the alpha stage). Take the review with a grain of salt, but enjoy what you can. See in thread
22rd November 2009 – A video sample from a Kurara prototype has been uploaded on Youtube. The quality is passable but quite obviously still in development. See it under Spy-shots below! See in thread
18th November 2009 – Kurara has received more leaks. They don't really tell us much new but it is nice to see more images. See them in Spy-shots. See in thread
3rd November 2009 – Kurara has been leaked again. This time more clearly. Among its interesting aspects is an HD badge on the back next to the camera and a different looking design. See it in Spy-shots below. See in thread
3rd November 2009 – X10 is official. Most of the specs we heard are there, although 32GB internal and Android 2.0 were the most obviously absent. The Snapdragon, beautiful user interface and so on are all there. See in thread
30th October 2009 – Sony Ericsson themselves have given us a teaser video for Rachael, noting that November 3 is the date. The video posted on their Youtube account shows Rachael in white from many different angles, but it shows no interface or close up detail. The video can be seen here. We now know Rachael is confirmed! See in thread
26th October 2009 – Mizzle has revealed via his new blog that we will see Rachael on November 3. Rachael, like Kiki, has a special name. For Kiki it was Pureness, and for Rachael it is Infinity. See in thread
21st October 2009 – Another image of Susan has leaked out, this time providing us with a screenshot with an as yet unknown interface. This screenshot looks a lot like the screenshots we have seen from Rachael, so it could be Android. It could also be A3, but then maybe it's Symbian. It is unclear whether it is a touchscreen but it seems unlikely due to the fact the screen appears to be only 2.2". Interestingly it was named Sunny when leaked, causing confusion as to which name belongs to which phone. For now we will use their originally leaked names. See in thread
15th October 2009 – A new picture of Rachael has surfaced, which can of course be seen in Spy-shots. Also, Maximys over at SEMC Blog has stated that we should see an announcement of Rachael in November. He also says it will have a Snapdragon, but remember this should still be taken as rumour. See in thread
12th October 2009 – This thread has won best thread and best post of 2009 in the Esato Awards MMIX! See award thread
7th October 2009 – We have been shown a few new renders of some generic looking handsets. Susan, a waterproof candybar phone with a sister named Sunny, also waterproof, but a slider. Both 3D renders can be seen in Spy-shots. See in thread
5th October 2009 – SEMC Blog has leaked a generic looking candybar handset which looks rather plain. See it in Spy-shots. See in thread
5th October 2009 – We have a very grainy image of Kurara, which is supposedly a Symbian handset (Kokoro = Symbian, so Kurara = Symbian). See it in Spy-shots. See in thread
5th October 2009 – We hear of another Android handset named Robyn (Rachael = Android, so Robyn - Android). See in thread
21st September 2009 – Sony Ericsson has announced a set of motion activated headphones. They play when you put them in your ears and pause when you pull one out. Call controls are the same. They are named MH-907. See in thread
19th September 2009 – A few new codenames are now known. Kurara and Samba were the two names to spark the most interest with insiders. See in thread
3rd September 2009 – Kiki is to be known as XPERIA Pureness. Sony Ericsson have shown us some stunning promotional pictures in a half-announcement, much like they introduced us to Idou. It appears to run a simplified monochrome (white) A2 on its transparent screen, and has very basic specs. See in thread
2nd September 2009 – X2 is official! Featuring all the specifications we've heard, plus a few more. Still no word on CPU speed yet. See in thread
31st August 2009 – It sounds as though the announcement rumoured for Wednesday 2nd of September will only include Vulcan. See in thread
24th August 2009 – There may be an announcement in September. This may include both Reese and Vulcan, as Vulcan at least is expected to be on sale by the end of this year. See in thread
12th August 2009 – Sony Ericsson has announced Jalou, a supposedly stylish clamshell with mediocre features, aimed more at females. There is also a Dolce&Gabbana version with real Gold accents. Jalou was previously known to us as Bao. See in thread
8th July 2009 – The_laser at Se-nse has given us yet more to cheer about in the form of new images of both Kiki and Rachael, and a stunning video of Rachael's Sony Ericsson Android user interface. See it all in Spy-shots! See in thread
5th July 2009 – Another leak originating on Se-nse, we have now been shown a low/mid end clamshell codenamed Bao with Nokia Prism-esque styling. No specifications are known, but the design is very debatable. See in thread
5th July 2009 – Apparently Twiggy is still canceled, unfortunately. See in thread
4th July 2009 – More of Rachael has been leaked including a new image which shows the sides, and a few new specifications including a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. We also see Kiki, an oddly styled phone with an interesting screen to say the least! See in thread
4th July 2009 – Two new leaks: From Mr. PeterKay we get images of Twiggy, the successor to the W350i, and originally from Se-nse we have a rendered image of "Rachael" – supposedly an Android phone. See them in Spy-shots. We can also add the names Nashi, Oru and Kami to our codename list. See in thread
25th June 2009 – Sony Ericsson have announced the T715. It is a 'stylish' version of the W595, but has a lot of design similarities with the Orange exclusive W595s. See in thread
10th June 2009 – More Vulcan images leaked, this time in silver. Hit up Spy-shots for a look. Note that it is believed that the specifications shown on screen are yet to be confirmed for production examples. See in thread
5th June 2009 – According to a leaked FCC confidentiality document, there may be an announcement around June 16. See in thread
5th June 2009 – Vulcan has been leaked again, this time with higher resolution images, posted on the fanklub.se forums. We now can see that it has an 8.1MP camera and an LED flash. It is rumoured to run Windows Mobile 6.5. See it in Spy-shots. See in thread
4th June 2009 – Sony Ericsson has announced the C901 Greenheart and another candybar simply named Naite. Both are part of Sony Ericsson's new Greenheart strategy which focuses on making mobile phones greener. Naite is a very basic candybar and the C901 Greenheart is the same as the regular C901 in terms of specs, although it only comes in one colour: white. Both phones will come with greener chargers, electronic user manuals on board the phone (rather than paper in box) and are made from greener materials. See in thread
4th June 2009 – An image of a phone codenamed Vulcan has leaked out. It appears to be a successor to the XPERIA X1, and engadget has called it the X2. It appears to share the X1's form and looks to run Windows Mobile as well. See it in the Spy-shots section below. See in thread
3rd June 2009 – The first Greenheart eco phone has just been leaked out. It is a standard candybar design with very little to distinguish itself as an eco phone. Specs are unknown as yet. See in thread
2nd June 2009 – The new range is going to be Greenheart eco phones. See in thread
1st June 2009 – The announcement on the 4th is due to include a brand new range of phones (in a similar vein to the Cyber-shot or XPERIA ranges). According to Mobile Review there will be nothing high end announced. See in thread
28th May 2009 – Sony Ericsson has announced Idou's real name. It is to be named Satio and is due in Q4. New specifications learned were VGA video recording and a 16 million colour screen. Along with Satio came Aino, an 8 megapixel slider phone with limited touch screen capabilities in the media menus. Among the new features, it was announced that Aino also supports remote play with the PlayStation 3. Yari was also announced. It is a 5 mega pixel slider with gesture controlled games and various music features. These three phones all come under the Entertainment Unlimited umbrella. See in thread
23rd May 2009 – According to a Sony Ericsson employee, the company is preparing phones running on Android 2.0 which supposedly has better multimedia support than version 1.0. The employee, Peter Ang, also stated that Sony Ericsson would continue to release handsets running Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android. See in thread
7th April 2009 – Sony Ericsson has announced the unimpressive W205 and S312 low end phones. They also announced the MS410 speaker accessory. See in thread
5th April 2009 – A previously unheard of Sony Ericsson CS8 has been mentioned in some T-Mobile documentation. The 8 could stand for 8 mega pixels, or something high end – perhaps 8gb. Interesting to note what may be a new naming scheme too, although it may be a simple renaming of existing phones that will appear on T-Mobile, for example the C905 on T-Mobile may be the CS8. The T-Mobile document lists the CS8 as arriving on the 24th of June which suggests an announcement date can't be far away if indeed it is a new phone model. See in thread
26th March 2009 – The T707 has now been officially announced. See in thread
8th March 2009 – The T707 (Elle) clamshell phone has been leaked. Images can be seen in the Spy-shots section. See in thread
15th February 2009 – Mobile World Congress – Revealed by the company, but not officially announced just yet was Sony Ericsson's Idou phone. This phone is still in the concept stages and will be announced in Q2, for a release in the second half of this year. Idou is part of the new Entertainment Unlimited brand and features a 12Mp camera, 3.5" 16:9 wide touchscreen, among other impressive specs. It looks to run on the Symbian Foundation platform. See in thread
15th February 2009 – Mobile World Congress – Sony Ericsson have revealed a new brand named Entertainment Unlimited, which focuses on three things: the blending of the Cyber-shot and Walkman brands, sharing of content, and integration with other electronics within the home. See in thread
15th February 2009 – Mobile World Congress – Sony Ericsson have finally announced Hikaru, now named the W995. The specifications mirror those of the C905, but with a few added Walkman features such as a 3.5mm jack, music controls and Clear Audio. It has a larger 2.6" screen, video call camera, and kickstand which improve over the C905. See in thread
15th February 2009 – Mr. PeterKay has given us look at an upcoming SE swivel phone named Reese. G1-like in appearance, the phone is said to be aimed at the youth market. It can be seen under Spy-shots. See in thread
10th February 2009 – The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C901 (Filippa), the Cyber-shot C903 (Frances) and the Walkman W395 (Yao) have been announced. See in thread
9th February 2009 – More leaked pictures of the W395 are in the Spy-shots section. See in thread
9th February 2009 – Hikaru has been leaked by SEMC Blog. See in thread
27th January 2009 – There are apparently three new XPERIA devices in development. One is set to be the X1 successor. See in thread
27th January 2009 – Sony Ericsson is expected to announce a total of seven phones at MWC. The phones we know are W395, C901, C903, Frida, and an X1 successor. See in thread
24th January 2009 – The first images of Frances have been leaked. It is to be called the C903, and is a 5Mp Cyber-shot slider phone. See in thread
21st January 2009 – The first images of Yao (now confirmed as the W395) have been leaked. See in thread
21st January 2009 – Filippa is to be named the C901 and comes in three colours (black, silver and peach). It is due for announcement at MWC. See in thread
8th January 2009 – The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C510 (Kate), the Walkman W508 (Brittany) and the Walkman W715 (Norika, Vodafone Exclusive) have been announced. See in thread
3rd January 2009 – More spy-shots of Kate have been leaked by Dailymobile. See in thread
2nd January 2009 – Hikaru is now rumoured to be a non-touch-screen Walkman feature phone with all the previously rumoured specs. No longer a smartphone. See in thread
9th December 2008 – Sony Ericsson has announced it has joined the Open Handset Alliance, meaning they will be developing phones to run on the Android platform soon. See in thread
4th December 2008 – According to SEMC Blog, Kate is to be named the C510. No new specs are known at this stage, but there is also word that it could be canceled. See In Thread
28th November 2008 – Sony Ericsson is said to be preparing 16 million colour screens of WVGA resolution for their 2009 devices. See In Thread
13th November 2008 – Walkman 4 is said to have the ability to be rotated both ways, rather than just to the left like Walkman 3. See In Thread
13th November 2008 – According to Sony α, who is fresh back from Japan, Bravia phones may make an appearance in international markets during 2009. See In Thread
13th November 2008 – There have been further confirming rumours of the Walkman slider that se-world spoke of. There is some confusion over this phone and Hikaru but as the latest rumours suggest, this phone runs on the A2 platform and therefore cannot be the smartphone Hikaru. See In Thread

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Sony Ericsson's next announcement dates. Also shown are previous announcements and what was announced.

  • Tuesday 3 November 2009 (XPERIA X10 announced).
  • Thursday 3 September 2009 (XPERIA Pureness shown).
  • Wednesday 2 September 2009 (XPERIA X2 announced).
  • Wednesday 12 August 2009 (Jalou announced).
  • Thursday 16 July 2009 (No announcements).
  • Thursday 25 June 2009 (T715 announced).
  • Wednesday 17 June 2009 – Communicasia 2009 in Singapore. (No announcements).
  • Thursday 4 June 2009 (Naite and C901 Greenheart announced).
  • Thursday 28 May 2009 (Satio, Aino and Yari announced).
  • Thursday 7 April 2009 (W205 and S312 announced).
  • Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 April 2009 – CTIA Wireless 2009 in Las Vegas. (No announcements).
  • Thursday 26 March 2009 (T707 announced).
  • Tuesday 3 – Sunday 8 March 2009 – CeBIT in Hannover (No announcements).
  • Monday 16 – Thursday 19 February 2009 – Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (W995 announced, and Idou shown).
  • Tuesday 10 February 2009 (C901, C903 and W395 announced).
  • Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 January 2009 – CES in Las Vegas (C510, W508 and W715 announced).


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Music phone updates.

  • PeterKay has shown us Twiggy, the canceled Walkman successor to the W350i. He mentions that it has widgets, so we can assume that this will show up in more models to come.
  • There could be a full touch screen Walkman feature phone in development.
  • Walkman 4 is rumoured to be rotatable in both directions.
  • There are rumours that a beautiful touch-screen slider Walkman handset is in development.


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Camera phone updates.

  • Nothing rumoured.


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Smartphone updates.

  • Kurara is a full touch screen Symbian phone with a different design which is rather curvy. It is rumoured to have an 8 mega pixel camera and 720p HD video recording among other features such as GPS.


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All other phone series.

  • PeterKay has shown us a new swivel model from Sony Ericsson named Reese. It has an interesting form factor and is said to be aimed at the youth market, with features like Youtube integration, etc. It can be viewed under Spy-shots. It may now be canceled.


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In conjunction with Clauf's Keitai Corner thread, information on Japanese phones will appear here. Be sure to visit Clauf's thread for more.

  • Sony Ericsson Japan have announced the S001 8.1Mp Cyber-shot and the Premier Cubed Walkman for the Japanese market only. For more info, check the Keitai thread. Keitai Corner discussion See in thread
  • Sony Ericsson Japan have released a limited edition Bond W63s for AU KDDI to tie in with the Japanese release of the Bond movie: Quantum of Solace. See in thread
  • Leaked recently were two new phones for Japan, an 8Mp Cyber-shot handset and a rotating screen Walkman handset. The Keitai Corner thread has details. Keitai Corner discussion
  • Sony Ericsson have just released the new Walkman X-Mini for KDDI, a somewhat low-end slider model with 4GB memory. For more information, see Keitai Corner. Keitai Corner discussion See in thread
  • Sony Ericsson are 'taking a break' from producing phones for DoCoMo due to their current instabilities, however they are still producing phones for Au by KDDI.


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Accessory rumours.

  • A plug-in WiFi accessory has been rumoured for some time. Whether it will show up in 2009 or not is anyone's guess.


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Upcoming phone codenames.

  • Kami – Due ??
  • Kurara – Due Q1 2010
  • Nashi – Due ??
  • Oru – Due ??
  • Reese – Probably Canceled
  • Robyn – Due ??
  • Samba – Due ??
  • Susan – Due Q1 2010
  • Sunny – Due Q1 2010


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Any other Sony Ericsson related rumours and information.

  • The W900i swivel form-factor has been rumoured to return, who knows when.
  • Certain handsets at some stage are set to include Bluetooth 2.1. This version of Bluetooth features Near Field Communication (NFC). This will enable functionality such as the pairing of Bluetooth devices simply by laying them next to each other.


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When a phone has been announced, it is no longer a rumour and this is their last stop before they're booted out of the thread. Click the discussion links to be taken to a suitable place to chat about each phone. I have also included generic product pages as well as their codenames.

3rd November 2009
3rd September 2009
2nd September 2009
12th August 2009
25th June 2009
4th June 2009
28th May 2009
7th April 2009
26th March 2009
15th February 2009
10th February 2009
8th January 2009
6th November 2008

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Please don't hesitate to PM me if there are any problems with this post, or if you have suggestions or any information to add!

Muhammad-Oli.

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[ This Message was edited by: Muhammad-Oli on 2009-11-27 10:47 ]
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Posted: 2008-11-10 06:28
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Nice one Oli!

hmm... just a little bug here - to get the background of the words to line up with the edge of the pictures I have to make my browser window wider

Oh never mind my post fixed it

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Great Work Oli


Lets start our rumour Mills

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Posted: 2008-11-10 06:57
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Great post Oli! Keep up the good work!

I'm looking forward to reading some juicy tidbits over the next couple of months.
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Nice graphics Oli!!!

The Esato logo looks great and even more on the stylish orange background...
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Nice Design. Great work.
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Nothing less than expected. this is so great oli!
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Thanks very much guys, I have just updated the post with all the info I had for 2009. If there's anything else you can think of, be sure to let me know!
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Very nice, M-Oli! I'm impressed!
BTW, you should make the title of the thread longer so that it can be easily distinguished from other threads.
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How could a thread fail with such an incredible start? άbernice, good luck.
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Awesome! Great start to hopefully one hell of a year.

Here's to SE in 09... may the high-end devices roll on into our hands..
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Thanks everyone!


On 2008-11-10 08:05:46, NightBlade wrote:
Very nice, M-Oli! I'm impressed!
BTW, you should make the title of the thread longer so that it can be easily distinguished from other threads.



Cheers mate. One of the ideas I had was to keep the thread title short so that I can also include important updates in the title when they happen. Just like Clauf's Keitai thread.
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Great Start
Graphics make the thread look more exciting
i hope this year will be the same

Thanks Oli
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Nice design. "Your best source for Sony Ericsson rumours" - that's true!
My blog about Sony Ericsson: http://semcblog.com/
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Oh, how about "The Shiny Sony Ericsson 2009 Portfolio Thread"?
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