Sony Ericsson has today announced the launch of its latest Walkman-branded phone. The new handset will sport 3G connectivity, have a focus on music, come with a 2 megapixel digital camera and feature a screen the same size as the new iPod video.

As well as supporting transfer via cable and Bluetooth, the phone will also support over-the-air music download services, unlike the Motorola ROKR, allowing tracks to be downloaded directly to the phone while on the move and, from a PC when tracks have been copied from the owner's CD collection.

“In our first UMTS Walkman phone we have combined fast download speeds with superb sound quality and crystal clear 30 frames a second video recording and play-back in a really simple and easy to use device. The W900 will not only appeal as a music phone. The superb communications, multimedia and imaging functionality will appeal to all those wanting a true multi-media capable device”.

The W900 has a large internal 470MB of user free memory provides space for between 120 and 240 songs. The storage capacity is easily increased however by inserting a Memory Stick PRO Duo, currently available in retail outlets at up to 2GB, giving space for up to 1,000 tracks. Music files can be stored in all the key formats: MP3, AAC or AAC+, MIDI, WAV and XMF.

Like the W800 the phone will offer dedicated music buttons get the user swiftly into the Walkman player where it is possible to scroll through play lists, artists or individual songs.

The phone also features a large, 2.2 inch QVGA 262K TFT screen, one of the brightest ever seen on a mobile phone and a 2 megapixel 8x digital zoom camera.

The W900 is the first Sony Ericsson phone to be supplied with a Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-80 with remote control, that allows the user to operate the Walkman player without removing it from their pocket. A USB cable and Disc2Phone PC software for transfer and management of music files are also included in the box.

The W900 UMTS Walkman phone is available in black or white and will be commercially available end Q4 2005. The variants will be:

* W900i - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa
* W900c - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Mainland China. Launch for mainland China dependant on availability of 3G services.

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