Archive | May, 2009

Bye bye Idou, say hello to Satio!

28 May

Sony Ericsson had introduced the Idou in Barcelona earlier this year but had warned us that it ain’t the final name. Well, today they have revealed the name and specs for the Idou, err, the Satio, we mean.

Yup, Satio is the name for Sony Ericsson’s flagship product. To be honest, we still love the name Idou though but given the tempting specs, what’s in a name, we say! The Satio will be available in the fourth quarter this year.

And now, the final specs:

Satio
Camera

  • 12.1 megapixel camera
  • Up to 12x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • BestPicâ„¢
  • Face detection
  • Geo tagging of photos
  • Image stabilizer
  • Photo feeds
  • Photo fix
  • Send to web
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Smile detection
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Xenon flash

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetoothâ„¢ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNowâ„¢
  • TrackIDâ„¢

Web

  • WebKit web browser
  • Bookmarks
  • Web feeds

Communication

  • Call list
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Exchange ActiveSyncâ„¢
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Instant messaging
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Gesture control
  • Media
  • Picture wallpaper
  • S60 5th edition Symbianâ„¢ OS
  • Touchscreen
  • Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

  • HD and 3D games
  • Facebookâ„¢ application
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Java
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • YouTubeâ„¢

Connectivity

  • Bluetoothâ„¢ technology
  • Modem
  • PictBridge
  • Synchronisation
  • TV out
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support
  • In-built WiFiâ„¢

Organizer

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Document readers
  • Document editors
  • Flight mode
  • Notes
  • Tasks

Location-based services

  • A-GPS
  • Google Mapsâ„¢
  • Turn-by-turn navigation

Accessories
In-Box:

  • Satio
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • 8GB Memory card
  • USB cable
  • Media manager
  • Colour-matched stereo portable handsfree
  • User guide

Optional:

  • Video Viewing Stand IM920

Facts and Figures

  • Size: 112 x 55 x 13.3 mm

  • Weight: 126 grams

  • Colours: Black, Silver and Bordeaux

  • Main screen: 16,777,216 colour nHD TFT
  • 16:9 widescreen
  • Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels
  • Size: 3.5 inches

  • Phone memory: 128 MB
  • Memory Card Support: SanDisk microSDâ„¢

Sony Ericsson Yari, let the games begin!

28 May

The second phone in the Entertainment Unlimited series Sony Ericsson announced today is the Yari, which when translated into Hindi means friendship (we ain’t sure if that is the inspiration behind the name).

Right now, details are scarce but we know this is a gaming phone with motion-sensing gaming that works via the camera, which records movement. By the way, the camera can also capture still pictures in 5.0 MP resolution.

Other specs include a GPS receiver and HSDPA connectivity. The Yari will be available in the fourth quarter for Euro 339 before taxes and subsidies.

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The official press release is out, you can read it here.

Sony Ericsson dwarfs the Palm Pre, launches Aino!

28 May

Sony Ericsson has just dropped a bombshell on us! At its press conference of the year, the Swedish giant has launched two more products in its Entertainment Unlimited series (after the Idou) and the first one of them is the Aino.

The aino is a slider phone with a 3-inch WVGA touchscreen made of scratch resistant mineral glass. It has an 8.1 MP camera with auto-focus and touch focus, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS and UMTs make up the connectivity options. The Aino is expected to retail at Euro 549 before taxes and subsidies. We’ll talk more about it as soon as the official press release is out.

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Update: The official press release is out. The Aino also supports Remote Play that allows users to access and control media content from their PS3! Read the press release here.

Samsung S5050 coming soon to 'allure' ladies

28 May


Not a week goes by when we don’t hear about a new upcoming phone from Samsung and this week ain’t any different. The folks at Mobile Phone Helpdesk Europe have received pictures of an upcoming Samsung phone that responds to the name of Allure S5050.

True to its name, the device will come in a ‘Fashionology Box’ that will have a shawl worth some Euro 60!

On the specifications front, not much is known about it apart from the fact that it will have a 3.2 MP snapper with auto-focus and some functions related to women users.

To find out what these mysterious functions are, you will have to wait till next week when the Allure S5050 is launched in certain European markets.

Google shows off Latitude working on iPhone's browser

28 May

It comes as no surprise that Google has introduced Latitude on the iPhone. However, what is surprising is Google has not gone with adding Latitude on the Maps app found on the iPhone. Instead, it is providing it on the iPhone’s web browser that is also able to access the location details of the phone either via cell tower triangulation or GPS or Wi-Fi.

For those of you who are not aware of Latitude, it is an application that lets users share their location with others.

This is the first web app that we have seen, which can access data that has been privy only to native apps, that is apps that are installed on the device rather than running off a web page.

Android Developer Challenge 2 announced

28 May

Google has announced the second Android Developer Challenge. The announcement coincides with the launch of version 1.5 of the operating system. This time around, the Challenge would also involve users of Android phones, who will also rate applications along with the judge’s panel.

via Android Developers Blog

Sony Ericsson to make its make-or-break announcement today!

28 May

Sony Ericsson is holding a press conference today in London that many believe will be its most crucial announcement of the year. While Sony Ericsson had indicated that the announcement will revolve around ‘Entertainment Unlimited’ – a complete package of devices and online services – we have learnt that the announcement will probably have something more than just devices and services.

We have learnt that while the announcement is likely to revolve around Idou, Sony Ericsson’s flagship product for the year, it will also have some announcement that would be critical for the business media that is critically following the troubled handset maker.

Recent new articles in the global media have been indicating that the company, which formed as a joint venture between Sony Corp and Ericsson is bleeding with financial woes and requires close to Euro 100 million to survive. There have also been rumours about Ericsson withdrawing from the joint venture, a claim that has been repeatedly denied by both the entities. It is very likely, we hear, that the top brass of Sony Ericsson would throw light on their current status and the plans for the company and its ability to survive these difficult times.

As always, we’ll be following the event and keep you posted as and when we get more details. Till then, keep tuned in.