Sony Ericsson added to its spiffy Walkman cell phone line with the introduction of the new Sony Ericsson W810i. Sporting a candy bar shape similar to the , the W810i comes in black rather than orange and features slightly redesigned navigation keys. And this time, the company even got the design of the dial-pad keys right.
Features include the usual assortment of Walkman phone offerings, including an MP3 and AAC music player, as well as an FM radio. You still have to transfer music to the phone from a computer using a USB cable, but this time around, Sony Ericsson wisely included a 3.5mm headphone jack (the W800i had a proprietary connection on the phone). The W810i comes with a 512MB Memory Stick Pro Duo, which can store about 150 music tracks. If you want more tunes, you can take your W810i to a Sony retail store for an upgrade to a 2GB. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, text and multimedia messaging, a speakerphone, Bluetooth and an infrared port, 20MB of internal memory, and e-mail support. The quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) world phone should be available to a GSM carrier in the first half of this year. Exact pricing has yet to be announced, but expect it in the $150 to $200 range with service. Of course, without service it will be much more.