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Sony Ericsson W890i

 Sony Ericsson W890i Discontinued
7th November 2007

What.. another Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson? We've lost count of how many Walkman mobiles we've seen.. but here's yet another one. The Sony Ericsson W890i can be considered to be a replacement for the ultra-lightweight W880i

Weighing in at just 78 grams, the W890i is actually an HSDPA 3.5G phone with a 2" 240x320 pixel display, 3.2 megapixel camera, Memory Stick Micro expandable memory with a 2GB card in the box, stereo Bluetooth, an FM radio and of course the well-regarded Walkman media player.

Impressively, Sony Ericsson have managed to fit all of this into a handset that's just 9.9mm thick, and it's certainly one of the lightest 3G phones on the market.

So.. you'd expect that a power-hungry 3.5G phone that's this compact would have really rubbish battery life, wouldn't you? Well, Sony Ericsson are quoting 4.5 hours talktime and 13 days standby time on 3G and a frankly remarkable 9.5 hours talktime and 15 days standby on GSM. They also say that the W890i can play back music for 20 hours, or make 3 hours of video calls. That's very impressive stuff.

 Sony Ericsson W890i back There are some compromises though - the 2" display may be a little on the small size for some, and the 3.2 megapixel camera lacks a flash and there's no mention of autofocus. We're not too impressed with the somewhat cramped keypad layout, but all-in-all there are many more good points to the SE W890i than bad points.

Sony Ericsson say that the W890i will be available in Mocha Brown or Sparkling Silver colours, however their press photographs also reveal an Espresso Black colour scheme. The W890i should be available during Q1 2008, and we know that most major carriers should have it available.

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Sony Ericsson W890i at a glance


Q1 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 2100




240x320 pixels, 262k colours


3.2 megapixels


Lightweight monoblock
104 x 47 x 10mm / 78 grams



Memory card:

Memory Stick Micro (M2)







Battery life:

4.5 hours talk / 13 days standby (3G)
9.5 hours talk / 15 days standby (GSM)


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