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Sony Ericsson announces the K850i, W960i and much more

Behold the (deep breath) Sony Ericsson K850i, W960i, W910i, K530i, K320i, Z250i, MDS-65, HGE-100, HBH-DS200, HPM-83, HPM-90, MBW-150 and MMR-70

Last night Sony Ericsson laid the smackdown that every phone fan was waiting for and announced a whole bunch of new kit, including an impressive 5-megapixel camera phone and a Walkman phone with a whopping 8GB of on-board memory.

Sony Ericsson K850i
So let's get down to business and check these bad boys out. First up there's the Sony Ericsson K850i, which features a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and a xenon flash, so you can take decent pictures in very low light.

This relatively compact camera phone also comes with HSDPA (3.5G) connectivity, giving you superfast mobile Internet on the go and letting you upload photos quickly to a blog. The K850i will be available later this year.

Update: A Sony Ericsson K850i review is now on the site 

Sony Ericsson W960i
This is the closest thing to an iPhone killer we've seen so far. The W960i not only comes with a whopping 8GB of on-board memory, it also features Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with auto-focus.

Other features include stereo Bluetooth so that you can listen to your music wirelessly and a 66mm (2.6-inch) touchscreen. Alongside the K850i, this handset also supports the Microsoft Exchange Server, meaning you can access your work emails on the go.

Update: A full review of the Sony Ericsson W960i is now on the site 

Sony Ericsson W910i
This slim slider phone comes with an all-rounder feature set that includes HSDPA (3.5G) connectivity, a 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth and an expandable Memory Stick Micro slot.

Another interesting feature is the ability to change music tracks simply by flicking the handset and if you want to shuffle your music you can do so by rocking the phone forward and back. This is feature is useful if you're jogging and don't want to mess around with finding a button.

Sony Ericsson K530i
The K530i is a more classic-looking handset that won't be as expensive as the K850i or W960i, but comes with a decent feature set nevertheless. It packs 3G connectivity, a 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, an FM radio and an expandable Memory Stick Micro slot.

Another noteworthy feature is a pre-installed weather forecast application that gives you lets you see today's weather conditions and a three-day forecast. It's not the most striking handset of them all, but we still like what we see.

Sony Ericsson Z320i
It's all very well having lots of features packed in a phone, but that tends to make it expensive, so Sony Ericsson has also announced a more affordable range of handsets, including this one, the Z320i.

There's not much going on in this handset other than the 1.3-megapixel camera but we think it will be very cheap.

Sony Ericsson Z250i
Right at the bottom of the food chain is this entry-level handset, which comes with a VGA camera and that's about it. We assume it will be the cheapest new Sony Ericsson phone of the lot.

Music Desk Stand MDS-65
This attractive device is a speaker dock that can be attached to any new Sony Ericsson phone and charges it while you listen to either your phone's music player or radio. It's powered by either batteries or a mains adaptor.

HGE-100
The HGE-100 might look like a standard pair of headphones with built-in music controls, but the control unit is also a GPS navigator. That's right -- connect this pair of headphones to your Sony Ericsson phone and with some third-party sat-nav software you can finally set off on that trek around south London you've always promised yourself.

HBH-DS200
The HBH-DS200 stereo Bluetooth headset is our idea of a good time. Not only does this device let you listen to your stereo Bluetooth-enabled phone but it also lets you plug in a standard 3.5mm pair of headphones. You can even answer a call on it.

The HBH-DS200 is quoted at having a seven-hour talk/music battery life and 300 hours of standby. This means it will survive a one hour each way commute for three days, which isn't bad at all.

HPM-83
These snazzy-looking cans are pretty basic and don't do anything particularly fancy, but you will be able to answer and reject calls.

HPM-90
If you ever owned a Sony MiniDisk player you'll remember how cool it was to have a proper in-line remote with a display. Now Sony Ericsson has come up with a similar remote, which features an OLED screen that displays track info and caller ID.

You can also use the HPM-90 to control your music, which we're looking forward to as it's really annoying having to get your phone out of your pocket every time you want to skip a song.

Bluetooth Watch MBW-150
A Bluetooth watch might seem a rather bizarre idea, but it actually comes in quite handy. If you're at the cinema or in a meeting, or even in a noisy club, the MBW-150, which comes in three different styles, will vibrate and let you know you have a call. It also lets you reject or mute a call and answer it via a headset.

FM Music Transmitter MMR-70
This little box sticks into the bottom of your Sony Ericsson phone and lets you listen to your favourite tunes on your radio's speakers, by transmitting them over FM. You plug it in, press play on your phone's music player and then tune your radio into the right frequency. This is a very useful solution if you don't have a tape deck in your car and want to listen to your phone's tunes.