Nokia isn’t the only one launching handsets right now. Arch rival Sony Ericsson also has a couple of newbies out viz. the Zylo and the Spiro. Both handsets have been launched as new additions to their Walkman range, or as next-gen Walkman models. Equipped and fully ready for the social networker, these new slider styled handsets, according to the company, are designed to ‘marry music with social networking’. In simpler terms all that means is you’ll be able to access your SN accounts and listen to music at the same time. TrackID is a common feature in both these handsets as well. Sony Ericsson Zylo and Sony Ericsson Spiro also feature the human curvature design that is now consistent across the whole Sony Ericsson portfolio.

“Today’s announcement aims to satisfy this demand by making the Walkman phone range available to a wider audience,” said Jenny Maltesson, Marketing Business Manager at Sony Ericsson. “By combining the best of the Walkman functionality with a myriad of social networking capabilities, Sony Ericsson Zylo and Sony Ericsson Spiro offer consumers the chance to access and get a taste of what our Communication Entertainment portfolio has to offer.

Sony Ericsson Zylo

The Zylo features FLAC format support, which debuts on this handset. It also comes with a background sound app for when you’re on calls. You can choose from a variety of preloaded sounds to play while you’re having a conversation with someone or you can even play music files stored on the handset. It’s a 3G ready handset that also incorporates GPS with A-GPS support, Bluetooth v2.1, FM radio and it has a 3 Megapixel camera on board. MicroSD cards can be used to increase its memory capacity. The Zylo will come in Jazz Black, Chacha Silver and Swing Pink colors.

Sony Ericsson Spiro

The Spiro is a lower end handset that includes a 3.5mm handsfree socket, microSD card support, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth 2.1, EDGE, and an FM radio. It’ll be available in – Contrast Black, Sunset Pink, Spring Green and Stealth Black colors.

Both handsets will be available in selected markets from early Q3. No pricing has been revealed just yet.

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