Sony Ericsson Unveils iPhone Rival & More

Look out Apple! Sony Ericsson is moving into iPhone territory with a new touchscreen smartphone, the Xperia X1. Unlike the iPhone, however, The Xperia is powered by Windows Mobile and, according to InformationWeek, is ready-made for the business user.

SE_X1_PP01.jpg The snazzy new handset boasts an interface made up of 100 little squares that you can move and shift around like one of those old block puzzle games, but much higher-tech, with each block connecting to its own application.

In addition to being Sony Ericsson’s first Windows Mobile touchscreen handset, the new unit is a quad-band HSDPA 3G smartphone and will work on the upcoming 3G networks from AT&T and T-Mobile, InformationWeek says.

The Xperia X1 is only one of seven handsets Sony Ericsson unveiled at its press conference Sunday at the Mobile World Congress. For info on the other phones, click continued.

Sony Ericsson is also adding two high-performance Cyber-shot phones to its collection, the C702 and C902, both packed with the latest camera technology.

The C702 Cyber-shot is made for the “active lifestyle.” It’s splash and dust resistant, allows for single-handed camera use and comes with built-in GPS with location-based imaging so you can sort and view your pictures according to where you took them.

The C902 Cyber-shot features a slide-out lens cover on a 5.0-megapixel camera with Face Detection and Auto Focus. It also has 160MB of built-in memory, enough to store up to 100 full-resolution photos.

Then there’s a new Walkman phone, the W980, which has intuitive music access and control, some unique audio enhancing technology and 8GB of internal memory for storing up to 8,000 songs. It has built-in stereo speakers for music listening without headphones and an FM transmitter so you can send whatever music’s playing on the phone to devices with a built-in FM radio receiver.

Two new touchscreen organizers are also on the way, the G700 and G900. The G700 has one-touch full organizer functions, a touch-controlled Notes app, a 2.4-inch display and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The G900 builds on the G700 model with a 5.0-megapixel auto-focus camera, a touch photo album and editor and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Finally, the company announced the Z770, a clamshell phone optimized for the Web and benefiting from HSDPA data speeds. It has easy e-mail set-up, easy access to Google Maps and, when connected to a laptop via a USB cable, can be used as a modem.

All the phones except for the new Walkman device will be available in select markets starting in Q2. The Walkman W980 won’t hit retail shelves until Q3.