While we did expect to see a few more Android smartphones coming in at lower price tags, we didn’t really expect to see the Walkman W8 on its way in and that too at such a low price. Sony Ericsson’s first Walkman phone to boast of an Android OS was already spoken of in the hot summer of April.

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While it does run on Android, it’s the version that’s quite of a disappointment. Android 2.1 aka Éclair is a little too old for a smartphone nowadays and Sony Ericsson should’ve probably given it FroYo at least. We definitely know that the W8 is just a rebranded Xperia X8 but maybe a slightly improved Android OS would have increased the value of the device by quite a bit. One thing’s for sure, all Walkman enthusiasts will be itching to know about the W8.

Sporting a 600 MHz processor and with SE’s TimeScape UI running on top, the W8 has the following specifications:

  • a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen sporting a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS support for Google Maps and trial version of Wisepilot and geo-tagging
  • Bluetooth with A2DP and AVRCP, USB 2.0
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • microSD card Support
  • Walkman player with Infinite function
  • TrackID and Twitter sharing for the same

Now at a price of Rs. 10,899 available through Letsbuy.com and Rs. 10,950 via Flipkart.com, the W8 seems to be priced quite attractively. All we're waitng for is an official announcement of the W8.

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