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Sony Ericsson C510

 Sony Ericsson C510 (front) Discontinued
8th January 2009

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Billed as the most affordable Cyber-shot phone to date, the Sony Ericsson C510 comes with a seemingly modest 3.2 megapixel camera - but there's more to good photographs than just the pixel count.

What makes the C510 a true "Cyber-shot" device is a combination of features such as autofocus, a camera light, face and smile detection, photo blogging capabilities and picture editing tools. One thing that Sony Ericsson are proud of is their "Smile Shutter" function that detects when the subject is smiling and then takes the photograph automatically.. this will also be added to the existing C905 through a software update.

There are a couple of other neat features too. The display auto-rotates between wide and tall orientations when the handset is turned, the C510 also has a feature called Snapfish allows pictures to be uploaded and printed professionally, and usefully the lens on the C510 also has a sliding cover to protect it.

 Sony Ericsson C510 (back) The C510 is a quad-band GSM phone with support for UMTS / HSDPA 2100. There's also a US version, the C510a which has tri-band UMTS support too, and a C510c version for China that lacks 3G. Sony Ericsson actually say that the C510 has "HSPA" which might imply that it is capable of high-speed uploads as well as downloads.

Besides all of this, the C510 is a pretty normal 3.5G mobile phone with Memory Stick Micro expandable memory, Bluetooth, an email client, web browser and everything else you would expect. It's a typically understated Sony Ericsson design to look at - it looks quite smart but is fairly unremarkable when it comes to styling. The C510 is relatively lightweight for a 3.5G handset at 92 grams, and the talktime on 3G is a useful 4 hours with a maximum of 10 hours on GSM.

The C510 is pretty close in specification to the existing Sony Ericsson C702, except that the C510 lacks GPS. Perhaps this phone can best be considered as the replacement for the K660i or K770i.


Sony Ericsson say that the C510 should be available during Q1. No pricing was given, but our best guess is that a SIM-free C510 should retail for roughly €200 or so.

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Sony Ericsson C510 at a glance


Q1 2009


GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 2100 (C510 and C510c) or
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 (C510a)




240 x 320 pixels, 262k colours


3.2 megapixels


Medum monoblock
107 x 47 x 13mm / 92 grmas



Memory card:

Memory Stick Micro (M2)









Battery life:

4 hours talk / 14 days standby (3G)
10 hours talk / 16 days standby (GSM)


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