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The Walkman phone

The Walkman phone

Rumor has it that Sony Ericsson will finally bring its W800i Walkman phone to the United States later this month, after debuting in Europe a week ago. We first saw the phone at CTIA earlier this year, and we've been chomping at the bit to give it a full test run. Although Sony Ericsson has yet to secure a U.S. carrier for the W800i, the company has previously introduced cool phones, such as the P910a and the K700i, without a carrier's backing. And considering the phone's extensive music capabilities, it may be some time before a carrier figures out how it can make money off music downloads.

In a striking orange candy-bar-style form factor, the W800i promises an MP3/AAC player, a 2-megapixel digital camera, e-mail support, messaging, an infrared port, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, a Web browser, and GSM/GPRS world phone support. With 500MB of memory, it lets you store around 150 music tracks, and the promised music-playtime battery life is 15 hours if the phone functionality is turned on--and a whopping 30 hours if it's off. We're still unsure about pricing, but we'll let you know as soon as we get it. Sony announced a second Walkman phone, the W600a, in June.