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Sony Ericsson announces another Walkman phone: the affordable W550
Date: 08 August 2005
Sony Ericsson announces another Walkman phone: the affordable W550
Sony Ericsson today announced a new addition to its Walkmanâ„¢ phone family - the W550 - an affordable phone that offers great quality stereo music and integrates a 1.3 megapixel camera, full Internet browsing capability and a credible games console, all in a compact and stylish swivel phone design. This new Walkman phone will appeal principally to expressive fun seekers who enjoy life to the full and want to take their music with them everywhere they go.

Summary of features:
- QuickShareâ„¢
- 1.3 MegaPixel camera
- Horizontal camera user interface
- 4x digital zoom
- Picture light
- 176 x 220 pixel TFT display
- 262K colour display
- Video recording and fullscreen playback
- SMS and MMS
- Wireless village
- Adobe picture PC software
- 2 stereo speakers
- Style-Upâ„¢ covers
- PlayNowâ„¢ ringtones and 2D games
- Horizontal fullscreen games and video
- RDS FM radio
- Walkman® player (MP3/AAC)
- Media player (MP3/AAC)
- 256MB user memory
- Stereo headset
- 40 polyphonic ringtones
- Java MIDP 2.0
- 3D games
- MusicDJâ„¢ and VideoDJâ„¢
- OMA DRM phase 1
- MegaBassâ„¢
- Stereo widening
- Triple-band 900/1800/1900 MHz
- GPRS class 10
- Access NetFront HTML browser
- BluetoothTM and Infrared
- PC software
- External antenna connector
- USB system connector and cable

The W550 is a Tri-band / GPRS phone and will be available during early Q4 in two different variants:

W550i - Triple Band GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz version for European, African, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Hong Kong markets
W550c - Triple Band GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz version for mainland China

In addition the W600a Walkman phone for the Americas that was announced on June 13 in New York as a Tri-Band/Edge product will now become the W600i for global distribution as a Quad-Band/Edge phone (850/900/1800/1900). The product will start shipping in the Americas from early Q4.
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