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Sony Ericsson announce the Z550a, Z558, W830 and W958c Walkman phones

28 September 2006 by
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Sony Ericsson today announced four new phones, to extend the reach of its global product portfolio and meet a number of specific regional market needs. Three models, the Z558, and W830 & W958c Walkman phones are optimised for China and South East Asia markets. The Z550a is optimised for the Americas.

Sony Ericsson W830 Z550a W958a Walkman Z558

Z558 is a Tri-Band GPRS 900/1800/1900 clamshell featuring a touch screen for Chinese character input, as well as Thai and English text recognition and one-touch SMS access . It is the first phone non-Symbian based phone in the Sony Ericsson range to offer a touch screen & stylus; and will be available as both the Z558c for mainland China and the Z558i for other selected markets.

Finished in a combination of brushed metal and high gloss material, the Z558 is equally at home during the busy working day or helping to organise family life. It features a bright 262k colour touch screen and a 1.3 Megapixel camera for work and leisure. With 18MB of onboard memory expandable to 1GB, the Z558 has plenty of storage and connects easily to a PC for fast transfer of multimedia files and synchronisation with your phone book and calendar. Available in ‘Expresso Black’ from October 2006.

The W830 Walkman® phone is a specially adapted EDGE version of the recently introduced W850 Walkman® phone. It will be available in two versions; W830c will feature a Chinese keypad whereas the W830i will be aimed at other SE Asia markets. This addition to the Walkman® phone line-up is aimed at a youth audience that demands a phone with cool looks, a first rate music experience and a quality camera, all in one package.

Available in Precious Black & Golden White, the W830 is a good looking ‘slider’ phone that offers fast music downloads direct to the handset. W830 is configured out-of-the-box for the PlayNow™ 3.0 direct music download service featuring Sony BMG artists. The phone is also configured for operator over the air (OTA) music download services and accepts many popular music file formats including e-AAC+, which reduces download time and space needed for tracks. Storage for music tracks is plentiful; a 1GB memory stick PRO Duo™ is supplied in-box, which is enough for around 900 songs in e-AAC+. This can be expanded to up to 4GB.

The Walkman player 2.0 simplifies navigation through music genres, playlists, individual songs or music albums. Plus there is also TrackID™, which allows you to record a few seconds of a song, either via the microphone or the in-built FM radio. With one click you can then send that clip to the Gracenote® worldwide music database which will identify the track and relay the information back to the phone. So no more arguing about who sang that song on the radio!

The W958c Walkman® phone is a GSM/GPRS variant of the ultra stylish W950, and has been developed specifically for Chinese market. It is equipped with a large 2.6" touch screen for simple navigation through music genres, playlists, individual songs or music albums. The W958c is Sony Ericsson’s second Symbian v9.1, UIQ 3.0 based handset for the Chinese market, the first being the recently launched M608c.

With a 4GB flash memory, the W958c Walkman® phone can store up to 4,000 songs. It’s quick and easy to get these onto the phone in the first place, with transfer speeds of music from PC to phone of approximately 3 minutes per gigabyte. And thanks to the graphic-rich interface on the Walkman 2.0 player, it is simple to navigate around the music library by song, artist or playlist. It is also possible to search visually by browsing through downloaded album covers.

The W958c Walkman® phone is also fully configured for the PlayNow™ 3.0 full-track music download service featuring Sony BMG artists. It offers all the benefits of a combined phone and music player, enabling multi-tasking between listening to music, emailing and browsing the Internet.

The Z550a is a Quad Band GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 clamshell phone, developed specifically for the Americas market. It features a 1.3 Megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and bright 262k colour display. With 25MB of onboard memory, expandable to 1GB with Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) support, it is possible to store a large collection of pictures; or share them using MMS, Bluetooth™ or e-mail. A thumbnail gallery feature makes it easy to search your shots both visually and according to the date they were taken.

The Z550a also has full HTML internet browsing and optional Bluetooth™ headset and car-handsfree kit for wireless freedom on the move.

Z558 - Features at a glance

Imaging and Messaging:

  • Handwriting Recognition
  • 262k colour TFT touch-screen 220 x 176 pixels
  • 128 x 36 pixel STN sub display
  • 1.3 mega pixel camera
  • 4 x digital zoom
  • Video recording/playback
  • 18 MB user memory
  • QuickShare™
  • One-Touch to SMS
  • SMS, EMS and MMS
  • Email (POP3/IMAP4)
  • Push e-mail

Music & Entertainment:

  • MP3/AAC Support
  • FM Radio
  • Streaming Audio/Video
  • PlayNow™ Ring tones
  • PlayNow™ Games
  • Polyphonic 40 ring tones
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • 3D games
  • Music DJ/Video DJ
  • OMA DRM phase 1

Connectivity:

  • Tri-band 900/1800/1900
  • GPRS class 10
  • Memory Stick Micro™ - (M2™) slot (support up to 1 GB)
  • USB 2.0 support
  • WAP 2.0
  • Bluetooth™
  • PC Tools & Software
  • Speakerphone
  • Full HTML browser

Accessories:

  • Bluetooth™ Headset HBH-PV705
  • Memory Stick Micro™ – M2™ up to 1 GB
  • Desk Stand CDS-60: talk, charge and transfer files simultaneously
  • USB Cable DCU-60

 Sony Ericsson Z558i

Sony Ericsson Z558Sony Ericsson Z558

 

W830 – Features at a glance

Music:

  • 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo – storage for approximately 900 tracks in eAAC+
  • Walkman Player 2.0 [MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, m4a playback]
  • Up to 30 hours music playing time
  • Full-length music download OTA and Playnow™ 3.0 full track music download support
  • Music/video streaming
  • TrackID™
  • RDS FM Stereo Radio
  • Audio out via system connector
  • Dedicated A+B gaming buttons
  • Java 3D gaming
  • OMA DRM v. 2.0

Imaging and Messaging:

  • 2.0” QVGA TFT 262k
  • 2 mega pixel
  • Landscape Imaging
  • 4 x digital zoom
  • LED Light
  • Video Recording/Playback
  • Push e-mail
  • Macromedia Flash

Connectivity:

  • EDGE 900/1800/1900
  • USB 2.0 Mass storage
  • Full Access Net front HTML browser
  • RSS feeds
  • Bluetooth™ 2.0 (A2DP)
  • Landscape browsing
  • Expandable MS PRO Duo™ slot
  • PC Synchronization
  • Flight mode
  • FOTA
  • Kit Content:
    • 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™
    • Stereo headset
    • USB Cable
    • PC SW

Accessories:

  • Audio cable out
  • BT stereo music headset (A2DP)
  • Advanced car handsfree
  • Media Center 3 – for wireless plug & play connection to PC an HiFi
  • Music Desk stand speakers (Sony Branded)
  • FM transmitter

Sony Ericsson W830 Walkman

Sony Ericsson W830 Walkman

 

 

W958c – Features at a glance

Music:

  • Walkman® player 2.0
  • Supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, WAV and m4a
  • 4GB flash memory
  • Touch-screen with album art support
  • Polyphonic ringtones (40 voices)
  • Graphical equalizer and Mega Bass™
  • Disc2Phone music management software
  • Stereo headphones with remote control (in-the-box)
  • RDS FM radio
  • MusicDJ™
  • Speakerphone
  • Music/video streaming
  • TrackID™
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • 2D and 3D gaming
  • 10 hours music play time
  • PlayNow™ 3.0 full track music download

Messaging:

  • QVGA TFT 2.6’’ Display (262K Colours)
  • Video playback (30fps)
  • SMS, MMS and e-mail
  • Handwriting Recognition
  • Touch screen
  • Word completion and Auto correction

Connectivity:

  • Opera™ 8.0 Full HTML browser
  • RSS Feeds
  • Bluetooth™ 1.2
  • Infrared port
  • USB 2.0 Mass storage, High speed (480 Mbps) & charging
  • USB cable in the box
  • WAP 2.0 XHTML/HTML
  • GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900
  • External antenna connector
  • PC Synchronisation
  • Flight Mode

 Sony Ericsson W950c Walkman

 

 

Z550a - Features at a glance

Imaging and Messaging:

  • 262k colour TFT display, 220 x 176 pixels
  • 128 x 36 pixel STN sub display
  • 1.3 mega pixel Camera
  • 4 x digital zoom
  • Video recording/playback
  • 25 MB user memory
  • SMS, EMS and MMS
  • Email (POP3/IMAP4)

Music & Entertainment:

  • MP3/AAC Support
  • FM Radio
  • Streaming Audio/Video
  • PlayNow™ Ring tones
  • PlayNow™ Games
  • Polyphonic (40 voices)
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • 3D games
  • Music DJ/Video DJ
  • OMA DRM phase 1

Connectivity:

  • Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS class 10
  • Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) slot (support up to 1 GB)
  • USB 2.0 support
  • WAP 2.0
  • Bluetooth™
  • PC Tools & Software
  • Speakerphone
  • Full HTML browser

Accessories:

  • Bluetooth™ Headset HBH-PV705
  • Memory Stick Micro™ – M2™ up to 1 GB
  • Desk Stand CDS-60: talk, charge and transfer files simultaneously
  • USB Cable DCU-60

Sony Ericsson Z550a

Sony Ericsson Z550a





Comments
On 19 Oct 22:02 sunny wrote
i have the w850i but it dont seem to have track id but the demo tour on the phone shows a demonstration of it can anyone help
On 14 Oct 18:39 sps wrote
OH bro.I'm going for the k800i
On 1 Oct 00:47 saliq wrote
PATHETIC! haahhaha! SE is entering the loserville valley! hahah..
On 30 Sep 17:18 naitx wrote
they are going to release w830 here in the philippines instead of w850. nobody cares about EDGE here. we need the 3g w850. what the hell did SE-Phils think when they made that move? It's stupid.
On 30 Sep 12:39 antichrist wrote
it't the same s**t like k750-w800-w700-w810. too bad
On 30 Sep 03:26 laffen wrote
W830 has EDGE
On 30 Sep 03:06 sloopjohnb wrote
One word: BORING
On 29 Sep 23:56 naitx wrote
what happened to the 3g capability of w850? why downgrade it to w830 w/o 3g?
On 29 Sep 18:52 efsinformaregmailcom wrote
Those models are for the market abroad.

I can't wait until the SE W850i is coming to the Dutch telecom stores. I want to renew my subscription, hopefully he will be available for free.
On 29 Sep 18:26 AbdulkadeerAdamu wrote
Honestly speaking in all the time that i've startted holdin a mobile i never ever held another product better then sony erickson, coz the've gat what mobile really need all.
On 29 Sep 15:58 Residentevil wrote
A drop of water in the ocean.
On 29 Sep 10:37 laffen wrote
These are not upgrades. They are already released in Europe with other names W950, Z550i etc. The models announced yesterday (W958c, Z550a, Z558i) support other Networks (850/1800/1900) and will be sold to the American and Asian market. They will not be sold in Europe.
On 29 Sep 03:13 3GDude wrote
What?!? Nothing with 3G. How am I supposed to like these minor "upgrades"....
On 29 Sep 02:47 aswin wrote
think more about it. these new phones will definitely widen the market possibilities for SE to take.. actually i think it's a good step. besides it doesn't take a lot of r&d fund to produce all these models.
On 29 Sep 02:44 Rifqi wrote
Z558 with WLAN 802.11b?
Here : http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=global&lc=en&ver=4001&template=pp1_1_1&zone=pp&lm=pp1&pid=10539
On 29 Sep 01:16 ahmad wrote
i like w900i only
On 29 Sep 00:47 SloopJohnB wrote
...and some people criticized nokia for releasing the xpressmusic line this week...
On 28 Sep 23:01 tindo196 wrote
pointless exercise-SE seem to have some time on their hands to waste ,just dont waste ours
On 28 Sep 21:32 AFE wrote
wow....all SE did is just change the numbers and added some minor features nobody cared about.
way to go.
dissappointed..really.

at least they could have had a new design..but no, all those phones look like the old design..just bit bigger
On 28 Sep 21:19 Sloopjohnb wrote
There is one positive point about the models released by se this year... My investment on w800 is gonna last longer than i thought! Hehehe
On 28 Sep 20:37 setra wrote
Yah, I think many SE fans are disappointed this time. No new excellent product.
On 28 Sep 20:28 maryme wrote
Very outdated! Its so sad.
On 28 Sep 19:34 Xugaa wrote
Erm... 100% pointless!
On 28 Sep 19:03 p990i wrote
What are these phones???? Change of names and add some minor features?? SE must be sleeping...
On 28 Sep 17:52 muzzy wrote
just proves that NOKIA is goin forward and SE ar going back to nothing. if any one at SE is reading this "you guys are crap" the p990 was sopposed to come out last year and now it is out of date. the Nokia N95 proves my point.
On 28 Sep 17:37 619 wrote
non sense for this phones. wtf sonyericsson?!
On 28 Sep 15:13 Yanosh94 wrote
Nothing new , just minor update
On 28 Sep 15:02 SuperG wrote
A touchscreen clamshell??!?! Quite a non-sense.

Nothing new really

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