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Sony Ericsson tosses out three new thin phones

Sony Ericsson introduces the S500, T650, and T250.

Sony Ericsson S500
The S500 in mysterious green
Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson today released three new cell phones that aim to capitalize on the still-hot thin handset craze. Two of the new models should make it to North American shores, while one model features two dazzling colors rarely seen in the mobile world.

Sony Ericsson S500
The S500 in spring yellow Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson S500 features a 2-megapixel camera with a 4x zoom, a media player (though not a Walkman-branded one), a speakerphone, a memory card slot, and stereo Bluetooth. The S500 features a slider design that is 0.55 inch thick and is available in the very unique hues of mysterious green and spring yellow. We're not sure what's mysterious about the green, but it is quite lovely from what we can tell. Also look for color themes and illuminations that change to reflect the passing seasons and the change from night to day. The quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) phone should be out in North America by the third quarter of this year.

Sony Ericsson T650
The T650 in midnight blue Sony Ericsson

Somewhat related to the S500 is the Sony Ericsson T650. Sporting a more common candy bar design, the T650 is 0.55 inch thick as well but it comes in midnight blue and a shade called growing green. I guess the latter isn't as mysterious as the green of the S500. Features include a 3.2-megapixel camera with a 3x zoom, a media player, a memory card slot, and stereo Bluetooth. It's also a 3G phone, but it supports only the 2100 UMTS network that's not used in the United States. The triband (GSM 900/1800/1900) handset also should see the light of day by the third quarter of 2007.

Finally, the Sony Ericsson T250 is a low-end camera phone that offers a VGA camera, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, an FM radio, and basic organizer applications. The simple candy bar form factor is 0.51 inch thick and sports a metal skin that comes in black or silver. Two dual-band versions will be available (GSM 900/1900 and GSM 850/1900), and it should debut in Europe and North American the second half of this year.

The company also introduced the P1 smart phone and a new Bluetooth headset, the HBH-DS970.