Sony Ericsson, like Nokia doesn’t really do much at the actual CommunicAsia event, but they do have a tendency to host a separate event at other locations where they unveil new devices. This year was the same. At another location in beautiful Singapore, SE announced a slew of new handsets that contribute to their Walkman, GreenHeart and Xperia ranges.

The first handset is the Cedar which is part of Sony’s eco-friendly GreenHeart range of devices. It’s a candy bar handset incorporating the company’s Human Curvature Design form. It’s designed to offer users a full range of features –

  • 2.2-inch display with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution
  • 3G (HSDPA), Edge/GPRS,
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • microSD card support


The Cedar, like the other handsets in the range, features various green credentials such as recycled plastics, a low power consumption charger, an e-manual, waterborne paint and compact packaging. With their Widget Manager 2.0 users can access social networking (Facebook, Twitter and MySpace) via the stand-by screen. Other useful features include a hassle-free phone book transfer and web backup and Push Email as well modem connectivity.

The Sony Ericsson Cedar will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colors Black/Silver and Black/Red.

The second handset that was announced at their exclusive event was the X8 that had surfaced only yesterday. The X8 is part of the Xperia range and simply looks like a smaller version of the X10, though it’s somewhere in between the X10 and the X10 Mini/Mini Pro. This device will not feature the company’s Mediascape UI however, but it will come with Timescape (with the infinite button). So rather than being a smaller version of the X10, it’s actually a larger version of the X10 Mini as it also runs on the Android platform and the UI the same. The for corners of the screen can be set as shortcuts to your favorite applications.

The X8 features –

  • a 3.0-inch touchscreen display sporting a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G connectivity with EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and USB 2.0
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Fm radio
  • MicroSD card support
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket

The XPERIA X8 will also be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colors White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, Silver/ White.

The last handset is the Yendo which the latest addition to their Walkman range of multimedia phones. In form, it’s similar to the X8 just a little smaller. The UI running atop the Android platform is the same as well feature the four corner touch set up.

Features include –

  • a 2.6-inch touchscreen with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution
  • connectivity with EDGE/GPRS
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and USB 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Fm radio
  • MicroSD card support
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket

Like all Walkman devices the Yendo will feature Shake Control and come loaded with SE’s SensMe function and Sony’s MediaGo software for quickly transferring files from your PC to the device. The Sony Ericsson Yendo with Walkman will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colors: Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White and Yellow.

While prices of the devices don’t seem to have been mentioned just yet, there’s every possibility that we’ll see these devices in India quite soon considering Sony Ericsson’s aggressive new business strategy in the country. They may not have a bonafied iPhone Killer just yet, but you never know.

Publish date: June 17, 2010 10:10 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:25 pm

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