Sony Ericsson unveils the W890i, K660i and W380i

Perhaps in response to the imminent arrival of the iPhone, Sony Ericsson unveiled three phones last night -- the W890i, K660i and W380i

Last night Sony Ericsson commandeered the Scala club in London's seedy King's Cross to show off three new handsets, including two new Walkman phones.

Sony Ericsson W890i
First up, we had a look at the W890i Walkman phone -- the W880i's successor. If you like your phones thin, the W890 will definitely float your boat -- it measures only 10mm thick.

Impressively, Sony Ericsson has managed to squash in HSPDA (3.5G), a 3.2-megapixel camera, FM radio and a 2GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card bundled with it, which will store up to 1,800 songs.

After playing around with it for a few minutes we noticed one overwhelming factor that makes it better than the W880i -- it has a usable keypad, not rice-grain sized keys.

Update: Read our full Sony Ericsson W890i review

Sony Ericsson K660i
Next we got up close and personal with the Sony Ericsson K660i, described by the handset-maker as a youth-centric phone.

This glossy handset also packs HSDPA for quick mobile Internet, and features Web-friendly shortcut keys for quick access to the Web browser's features, including zooming in and out of full-sized pages.

Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, FM radio and an expandable Memory Stick Micro (M2) slot, which comes with a 256MB card in it.

Sony Ericsson W380i
This very purple clamshell Walkman phone boasts a hidden external display and Braille-like music buttons, but the feature that had us most interested was the gesture control system.

You can snooze the alarm clock or mute a call simply by waving your hand over it -- most useful for impressing your mates with your telekinetic powers.

Other features include an FM radio and expandable memory card slot with a 512MB card bundled with the phone. According to Sony Ericsson, all these handsets are due out early next year. -Andrew Lim

 

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