Japanese-Swedish mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson has brought to the spotlight a new handset running under Google's Android operating system, though we should say it was quite discreet about it.
The company launched a Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman smartphone running under Android, but did not make a formal announcement on it until now.
However, the new device is already listed on the company's product section, which makes it as official as it can be.
The specifications list of the new device includes a 3-inch touchscreen display that boasts a 320 x 480 pixels (HVGA) resolution, along with phone memory up to 128MB, and a microSD memory card slot with support for up to 16 GB of additional storage space.
Moreover, the new device comes with 3.2 megapixel photo snapper on the back with video recording capabilities, and with the usual Walkman features included into the mix.
The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman also arrives on shelves with 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as with a 3.5 mm audio jack, USB support, USB mass storage, and aGPS.
Not to mention that it includes a wide range of multimedia capabilities, such as Radio - FM radio with RDS, 3D games, Video streaming, PlayNow, TrackID, Walkman player, and the like.
“The 3” touchscreen of your Android smartphone lets you enjoy a perfect combination of entertainment and ease-of-use. Connect through 3G or Wi-Fi. Type your messages on the virtual QWERTY keyboard. Find your way with Google Maps and GPS,” Sony Ericsson notes on its website.
“Personalize your W8 Walkman phone. Choose from more than 150,000 fun and useful applications on Android Market. Does it get any better? Well, yes. Most apps are free to download.”
Other features of the new smartphone would include Exchange ActiveSync via RoadSync client, Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync and Google Sync, Twitter - Timescape integration, Facebook application, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, and more.
The new Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman arrives on shelves dressed up in Azure, Orange, and Red, 99.0 x 54.0 x 15.0 mm, and weighs in at 104.0 grams.