Sony Ericsson announces a new Walkman phone and wireless home audio system

6 November 2008 by
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Sony Ericsson takes mobile music into 2009 with the W705 Walkman phone and Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900. Both devices were unveiled today in conjunction with the MTV Europe Music Awards sponsored by Sony Ericsson.

Using Wi-Fi to connect to broadband hot spots, consumers can use their W705 to go online for the best songs or most popular YouTube video clips or stream tunes wirelessly to the stylish MBS-900 speaker via Bluetooth. With Clear Bass, Clear Stereo and premium headphones, the W705 delivers a sound that has crystal clear clarity and is dynamic, rich and natural.

"We're really proud of what we have achieved in 2008 with our market leading mobile music range, said Ben Padley, Head of Global Music Marketing at Sony Ericsson. "Combining premium design and best-in-class sound quality with super-fast access to a host of digital content whether it be from PlayNow arena or via the web, we really are offering the most feature-rich mobile music experience available today."

The W705 features the same superior sound quality as the W980 Walkman phone which was rated "best audio experience" in a trial conducted in Germany by TESTfactory*. The W705 includes popular Walkman features such as the music recognition application TrackID, SensMe, for matching your mood to the music and Shake control to change tracks with the flick of your hand.

Sony Ericsson W705Also available on the W705 is PlayNow arena which provides a full range of mobile entertainment - unique themes and wallpapers, ring tones, a wealth of free content and of course DRM-free music tracks and TrackID charts from around the world.

The W705 is much more than a music phone. Its exclusive metal finish combines with a large screen in an elegant and compact slider for a professional feel. Use the 3.2 megapixel camera to snap photos of friends and upload them using Wi-Fi to your social networking site for all to see. Can’t see a site properly? Auto rotate between vertical and horizontal mode to view the internet in all its glory.

W705 highlight

  • Award-winning clear audio experience – listen to music as it was meant to be heard
  • Desktop direct search to online music – Go online for the best songs and most popular videos on YouTube
  • Wi-Fi and DLNA certified – connect the way you want
  • PlayNow arena - a complete range of mobile entertainment
  • Shake control – switch tracks and control the volume with the flick of a wrist
  • SensMe - create playlists based on mood rather than artists or genres
  • Large 2.4 inch screen – view websites and emails with high clarity
  • Automatic rotation – switch from portrait to landscape with just a tilt of the phone
  • Google Maps for Mobile – never get lost again
  • 3.2 megapixel camera – snap and share your favourite images via Bluetooth
  • FM radio with TrackID - listen to the radio while on the move
  • 4GB memory card – store up to 3900 songs**

To compliment the W705 is the Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900. Perfect for those who want to be first with all the gadgets, the unique innovative design of the Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900 makes a real stylish statement in a home. The MBS-900 connects wirelessly to your mobile phone through Bluetooth giving crystal-clear sound through the high quality, dual speaker and sub-woofer system.

The Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900 is a complete speaker system to be proud of. Make the most of a wireless world and adjust the music settings from the other side of the room with your phone, or use the touch controls on the speaker for smooth control of the music. Users can even listen to the built-in radio and make a phone call at the same time, or if the phone rings the speakers will cleverly automatically mute. Just plug the Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900 into a power socket, sit back and enjoy.

MBS-900 highlights

  • Unique and innovative design – make a statement in your home
  • 2.1 audio for a complete audio experience
  • Stream music wirelessly – supports Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP profile
  • Transfer music from PC and MP3 using the 3.5 line-in function
  • Built-in FM receiver – listen to the radio independently of the phone
  • Control music settings with your mobile phone or speaker touch keys
  • Monochrome OLED display – view track names in all their glory as well as music settings such as bass and treble.
  • Call coming in? - Music mutes

Sony Ericsson MBS-900Also announced today is the W705u Walkman. UMA enables users to seamlessly roam between the mobile network and local area networks thanks to GSM/Wi-Fi dual capabilities. The W705u is exclusive to the operator Orange in markets where Orange is present.

The W705 and W705u (exclusive to Orange) support GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSPA 900/2100. W705 will be available in selected markets from Q1 2009 in the colours Luxury Silver and Passionate Red. W705u (exclusive to Orange) will be available from Q1 2009 in the colour.

The Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900 will be available from Q1 2009

The Sony Ericsson W705 Walkman™ phone at a glance


  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Up to 3.2x digital zoom
  • Photo fix
  • Photo light
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Picture blogging
  • PictBridge printing
  • Video blogging


  • Walkman™ player
  • Clear Stereo
  • Clear Bass
  • Album art
  • PlayNow™
  • TrackID™
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • Shake control
  • SensMe™


  • Access NetFront™ Web browser
  • Web feeds
  • Photo feeds

Sony Ericsson W705Communication

  • Speakerphone
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling


  • Email
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)
  • Instant messaging
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync™
  • Chat view


  • Navigation key
  • Auto rotate
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Wallpaper animation


  • Media
  • YouTube™
  • 3D games
  • Motion gaming
  • Java
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing


  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • Modem
  • Synchronisation
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi™
  • DLNA Certified™


  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Flight mode
  • Notes
  • Phone book
  • Stopwatch
  • Tasks
  • Timer

Location-based service

  • Geo tagging of photos
  • Google Maps™


  • W705
  • Battery
  • Battery charger
  • 4GB Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™)
  • USB cable
  • Stereo PHF
  • Sony Ericsson PC Suite
  • Media Manager
  • User guide


  • Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900
  • Stereo Bluetooth™ Headset HBH-DS205
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones HPM-88

Facts and Figures

  • Size: 95 x 47.5 x 14.3 mm
  • Weight: 98 grams
  • Colours:
  • Luxury Silver
  • Passionate Red
  • Screen: 262,144 colour TFT
  • Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
  • Size: 2.4 inches
  • Phone memory: Up to 120MB
  • Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) support
  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 10 hrs
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 400 hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 4 hours
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 350 hours
  • Video talk time: Up to 3 hours
  • Music listening time: Up to 20 hours

Availability and versions

  • W705 and W705u:
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS/HSPA 900/2100  
  • Available in selected markets from early Q1 2009.

Sony Ericsson MBS-900The Sony Ericsson Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900 at a glance


  • 2.1 audio (left, right and subwoofer)
  • Built-in FM radio
  • Monochrome OLED display
  • Touch control and music settings for bas and treble
  • 3.5mm line-in
  • Bluetooth™ A2DP and AVRCP


  • Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900
  • Power cable
  • External antenna connector
  • FM antenna cord
  • User guide
  • One year warranty

Facts and Figures

  • Size: 200 mm (diameter)
  • Weight: 2.3 kg
  • Colour: White
  • Compatibility: Phones with A2DP and AVRCP profiles

On 18 Nov 12:15 Ada wrote
Sonyericsson ppl
You guys are the boooomp,i wish i can afford one,would u pleassssssssse send me one 4 guys are outstanding.keep it up.

On 15 Nov 22:49 ShujauMALDIVES wrote
It's Amazing,,,,, wow,,, nice... SE is the super model... I Like This phone,,
smiply the best....
On 15 Nov 17:58 minachi wrote
sony 4eveeeeeeeerrrr............
On 11 Nov 20:34 Pratima wrote
Hey! SonyEricsson people. These are the list of what the market actually demands, unknowning to you guys:-
1) Bigger screen (2.2" min)
2) More colour per pixil (262k for low end and 16Million for high)
3) Flash lights with walkmans too (Dual LED's for Walkman and Xenon for CyberShots).
4) Removable panals.
5) Customizable menu.
6) Bigger memory storage (Better than Nokia).
7) More of Sambian models.
8) Better marketting ppl with better local and regional knowledge (Nokia is way ahead on the advertisement and gimmic front)

Thats all thats need to kick Nokia to kingdom come, who by the way is all set for the future too with better technology than SE handsets.
On 10 Nov 19:07 Gamma wrote
Atlast! Finally! After a long wait. Esato LIVES! Wow! A news Update from Esato! Is the economic slowdown affecting Esato's journolists' payroll. Thanks for the good news.

Beautiful executive design in a Walkman. And feature rich too. Wish the resolution was beefed up for the 2.4" screen.

The Walkman gimmic actually works! Speaking of gimmics, when can we expect 16Million color versions of SE phones? Is it technically(read as: economically) feasible at SE labs?

BTW, When can we expect the "Vravia", "Handycam"(with an infrared camera) and "PSP" versions of SonyEricsson handsets? Wish one could jack in our USB Pen drives directly onto the mobile for memory expansion and more portability.
On 9 Nov 18:18 TZACK wrote
its Gourges! i will buy 2...hahaha..but seriously i will get one ..
On 8 Nov 04:10 BHAVV wrote
Walkman version of the G705. I like the G705, but I suppose it required walkman branding to appeal to all the kids and chavs as well.
On 7 Nov 16:35 Puchy wrote
hey!! ta sheverre!!
On 7 Nov 13:16 73wild wrote
am sooo in Love !!!! amazing phone with loads of features!!!! wwwwwwwwoooooooww!!!!
SONY ERICSSON RULZZZZZ!!!! all others companies go get a life !!!

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