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Sony Ericsson W995

 Sony Ericsson W995 Discontinued
15th February 2009

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The Sony Ericsson W995 is the thirty-second "Walkman" branded mobile phone to be announced, and this handset sits firmly at the top end of the Walkman range.

This is an eight megapixel slider phone, and only Sony Ericsson's second such device to market after the C905. The 2.6" display on the W995 puts it a little bit higher in the range than the C905, but quite a lot of the innovations here are in software rather than hardware.

With the W995, Sony Ericsson are introducing Media Go, which is basically an advanced multimedia player designed to take all the hassle out of playing back audio and video clips. The idea with "Media Go" is that you can transfer files from your PC in just about any format you like, and the W995 should always be able to play them back flawlessly. These are the sort of features that you would expect to see on a dedicated media player, and there's no guessing that this particular component probably came from the very clever people at Sony.

 Sony Ericsson W995 This is a GPS-enabled device with Google Maps and a three month subscription to Sony Ericsson's Wayfinder personal navigation application. The W995 supports WiFi and 3.5G data, and the display is a fair sized 2.6" QVGA panel, although it lacks a touchscreen.

On the back is an 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and face detection. The camera also supports geotagging, and of course it can record video clips.. although we don't know just how good the quality is.

Of course, as this is a "Walkman" phone then you can be assured that it comes with excellent multimedia support, including an FM radio. The standard sales package comes with an 8GB memory card, so plenty of tracks and clips can be stored on it. The W995 also comes with a standard 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers and shake control. It isn't a smartphone (although the supplied software seems very good), and it doesn't have a touchscreen.. you will have to wait for the Idou for that.

 Sony Ericsson W995 Underneath, this is a quad-band GSM phone with UMTS 900 / 2100 MHz support. There is also a W995a variant for North America with UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz. Talktime on 3G is up to 4 hours with a maximum of 15 days standby time, and the whole package weighs in at 113 grams.

Despite the strong feature set, there's nothing really that new in the phone except for the "Media Go" application. Just think of it as a standard Sony Ericsson "Walkman" phone with all the features dialled up to "11". We're not sure where Sony Ericsson are heading with these model numbers though, "W995" doesn't leave much wriggle room until you get to "W999".

Anyway, Sony Ericsson say that the W995 should be available during Q2 2009 in black, silver and red colour combinations. No guidance was given on price, but we think that the SIM-free version of the W995 will retail at around €450, £360 or $510 or so.

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Sony Ericsson W995 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2009

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100
or
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 (W995a)

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) +
HSDPA + WiFi

Screen:

240 x 320 pixels, 262k colours

Camera:

8.1 megapixels 

Size:

Medium slider
97 x 49 x 15mm / 113 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

Memory Stick Micro M2

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

GPS:

Yes

Battery life:

4 hours talk / 15 days standby

 

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