Last year Sony Ericsson told us that the Walkman was dead, swallowed up by a new range of converged music and camera devices to be known as Entertainment Unlimited products. However, it's now back, like a zombie clawing its way out of a shallow grave, Walkmans will again walk on this earth, with the first such creature known as the Yendo.
At first glance you would be forgiven for mistaking the Yendo as an Android phone. Sony Ericsson is using what it has dubbed the Sony Ericsson UX (user experience), which offers the same four corners navigation system we saw six months ago on the.
In fact, the Yendo and the X10 mini share more than just this basic aesthetic, both phones use a 2.6-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen and both are about the same size, shape and depth. The difference will be the Yendo's lack of smartphone smarts, without Android the Yendo will not have access to the enormous Android Market or any other established app store.
It also lacks the fast data speeds we see on Android phones; the Yendo is a 2G-only device with no Wi-Fi option, so you'll be stuck with dial-up internet speeds if you choose to web browse or connect to your favourite social-networking sites. The phone's 2-megapixel camera and no internal memory seal the deal for this hopefully prepaid handset.
The Walkman name may live on, but without today's smartphone hardware, this phone seems like an empty shell of the Walkmans we've seen in year's past. Here's hoping the Yendo comes with a cracking set of headphones, otherwise there will be precious little to recommend it on.