Sony unveils its first Walkman phone

By Derek Sooman on
Sony Ericsson is to launch the W800 - the first mobile to fall under the walkman brand. Complete with 512MB Memory Stick card, 30 hours battery life and a half decent headset, the W800 makes a good go of trying to convince customers that a mobile can actually be a good music player. To be honest, I am amazed that there are not many more products like this out there already.

"In the past two years we've concentrated on making the mobile phone a good camera. Now we're doing the same for music." - Mike Pauwels, Senior Global Product Manager.

512MB is probably not all that much space to store MP3s on and this storage is dwarfed by the kinds of capacities seen in recent iPod offerings. However, the company will initially market the W800 as a phone that one can transfer their music collection onto, rather than hold in entirety.

The company says it is committed to supporting open standards in music - i.e. MP3 and AAC rather than Sony's proprietary ATRAC 3 format. However, this isn't the case for memory cards. Sony's proprietary Memory Stick is the only type of flash storage you'll be using with the W800.

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