Sony Ericsson's new thin crop

Sony Ericsson releases a selection of new phones, from basic to feature-rich

Sony Ericsson W880i CNET Asia

Sony Ericsson opened the floodgates this week with a torrent of new phone releases, some of which could even make it to the U.S. market. We'll provide some details here, but be sure to check out our slide show and a full report of specs from our friends in Singapore at CNET Asia. All the new handsets are set for release by the second quarter of this year.

First off is the W880i. We first showed you the W880i last week. Though it's styled in Sony Ericsson's usual candy-bar design, its 0.37-inch profile marks the company's first real entry into the slim-phone craze. Better late then never. Features include a Walkman digital music player, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 (with a stereo profile), and a Memory Stick Micro card slot. It also features a stainless steel skin, and is available in black or silver with some requisite highlights in Walkman-phone orange. Unfortunately, with tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900) and UMTS 2100 support, it won't be optimized for U.S. carriers. Still, you should be able to get it here unlocked.

On the other hand, the W610i does come with quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) support, so there's a good chance we'll see it stateside. The feature set is largely similar to the W880i's, except its data speed tops out at 2.5G EDGE. It also looks a lot like the W880i, but is a trifle thicker at 0.56 inches.

The K550i and K810i are part of Sony Ericsson's Cyber-shot line. The quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) K550 has a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus, a flash, and an active lens cover. There's also a music and video player, Bluetooth, 2.0, an FM radio, and a memory card slot. Meanwhile, the tri-band (GSM 900/18900/1900) has a 3.2-megapixel shooter with autofocus, a Xenon flash, an image stabilizer, Bluetooth 2.0, and a full HTML browser.

Sony Ericsson also introduced some new basic phones. The J110i comes in a plain candy-bar design and offers simple organizer features, while the J120i takes the same feature set and adds an FM radio. Both models sport a new Sony Ericsson-designed four-way toggle. As for midrange models, the K200i adds a VGA camera and a speakerphone to an unassuming candy bar, and the K220i ups the ante with an FM radio.

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