It's always good to see a new Sony Ericsson Walkman phone coming to the US market. The Sony Ericsson W810i was a big hit, but these hits don't come often enough to the US market. The W580 is the next new Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson that will come to the US. It features Walkman Player 2.0, 2 megapixel camera, FM radio with RDS, 512MB memory Stick, Bluetooth with A2DP support. Here are photos of the W580 from CTIA and Sony Ericsson's press release:
"Sony Ericsson's new W580 WALKMAN phone announced today is the music phone that's pure street style. This slim slider phone speaks volumes in urban cool while delivering the full-on Walkman phone music experience. It will store up to 470 full-length tracks, has a 2.0 megapixel camera tucked discretely within the slider itself, plus stacks of gaming, fun sports and entertainment features.
Press photo of the phone in Urban Gray
This latest Walkman phone pushes the boundaries of urban style. When the slider is closed the design, either in Style White or Urban Grey, is ice-cool, understated. Flick open the slider and the phone becomes a real attention grabber, revealing hot orange colour accents and stunning light effects along the sides.
At only 14mm thin, you wonder where the W580 finds room for all of that music, the camera and the fun applications. But it does, effortlessly, and there is no compromise on the full Walkman? phone experience. As well as storing up to 470 full-length music tracks, it is incredibly easy to get music from your computer into the phone, since the Disc2Phone music management software and USB cable all come in the box. You can even use TrackID to identify music tracks you don?t recognise, regardless of whether they are playing out loud or via the phone?s RDS FM Radio. With all this going on, make sure you take time to notice the light effects on the W580. Navigate to the Walkman player and they automatically change to a glowing orange colour.
With the W580 Walkman phone you can even take your favourite tracks to the track. It will count your steps, your calories and monitor your running speed/distance/time. Add to that your best tunes for motivation and whether you?re on a run, in the gym or just out for a stroll, the W580 is the perfect fitness partner.
Urban cool really does meet mobile entertainment with the W580. The 2.0 megapixel camera and fast connectivity make picture blogging and instant messaging second nature. 3D Gaming is fast action too with hit titles preloaded. The slider action also allows for a large 2.0? colour screen, ideal not just for gaming but also web browsing and viewing your camera photos.
As if the W580 did not already scream of street style, you can also add music accessories to your Walkman phone to make even more of an impression. Two sets of cool, optional speakers ? the Portable Speakers MPS-70 and Snap-on Speakers MPS-75 ? instantly transform the W580 into the heart and soul of any party. If you want to turn up the volume still further, then the Bluetooth Music Receiver MBR-100 lets you play your phone music directly through a home stereo, using your W580 as the remote control to skip through tracks and adjust the volume. So the W580 Walkman phone looks and sounds stylish, whether you are at a party or just hitting the street.
The W580 Walkman phone is a 2.5G, Quad Band EDGE device (850/900/1800/1900) and will be available in selected markets from Q3 2007.
The W580 Walkman phone at a glance:
Music- Walkman player 2.0 512 MB Memory Stick Micro (M2) (expandable) 12MB user free memory Music playback up to 20 hours FM Radio with RDS PlayNow TrackID music recognition software Disc2Phone Music Management Software Multiple Music Format Support (MP3/AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+) A2DP (Bluetooth streaming sound) Music Illumination Effects Stereo Headset Speakerphone