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Sony Ericsson W205: A Walkman only your wallet could love

With its aim on those struggling with the dwindling economy, Sony Ericsson announced two new budget-priced handsets today, the S312 and the W205.

With its aim on those struggling with the dwindling economy, Sony Ericsson announced two new budget-priced handsets today, the S312 and the W205.

The newly announced S312 and W205, on the MS410 speaker stand (Credit: Sony Ericsson)

Both phones feature low-end specs and matching price tags. The W205 makes use of some of the features we see in the Walkman range: an FM Radio and Track ID, as well as store your tracks on an M2 memory card, but will be sold without memory included in the box. Sony Ericsson also announced the MS410, a snap-on speaker stand that can be used across the company's range of mobiles including the W205.

The S312 sports a dedicated video capture shortcut key, illuminated camera shortcuts and PictBridge photo printing via USB. Physically, it harks back to Sony Ericsson's much older T-series, and doesn't seem to feature the charm of our favourite in the S-series, the S500i.

The new handsets and accessories will be in Australia by mid-year, and while pricing is yet to be announced, we expect these in the sub-AU$300 category.