Remember that Best Buy flier featuring the white Samsung Fascinate, white Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Dell Streak, and HTC Surround we showed you yesterday? Well, according to a press release, those four devices will all be exclusive offerings from Best Buy. The white Fascinate and X10 are interesting, but not overly shocking; Best Buy getting exclusivity on the Streak and recently announce Surround, however, is quite interesting. As reported, the X10, Fascinate, and X10 will all be available on October 24 for $99, $149 and $299 respectively with 2-year agreements. The HTC Surround will be available on November 8 and will retail for $199 with a 2-year agreement. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Engadget has just published information on the availability of several handsets coming to Best Buy. First, for those of you that enjoy pale phones: the Samsung Fascinate, for Verizon Wireless, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, for AT&T, will both be available — in white — on October 24th. Also seen in the above image is the HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 handset with an availability date of November 8 and the Dell Streak with an availability date of October 24. All four handsets can be reserved today with a $50 deposit. This did get us thinking… do you prefer mobile devices in white? Hit the jump to vote in our poll. More →
While speaking with Microsoft’s head of marketing in the U.K., Oded Ran, blog mymicrosoftlife.com learned that Sony Ericsson is actively working on at least one Windows Phone 7 device. The company, which is struggling to make an identity for itself in the smartphone marketplace, has yet to publicly announce a Windows Phone 7 hanset; although there CEO did say they had a few “big surprises” coming in the next few months. This information comes days after the company’s new chief technology officer announced that they would no longer be developing Symbian-based devices. “Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, although it had a bit slow to take off. But Windows 7 Phone is on the roadmap,” said CTO Jan Uddenfelt. We’re interested to see if Sony Ericsson can delivery a winning Windows Phone 7 device in a timely manner… let’s hope so.
UPDATE: The author of the article has since reneged on their quote. Apparently, Mr. Oded said Sony Ericsson is a Windows Phone 7 partner, not that they are actively building a device. Regardless, the company has said WP7 is “on the roadmap.” Let’s hope it gets to the factory sooner rather than later. More →
Sony Ericsson spokesperson, Aldo Liguori, spoke with Buisnessweek and revealed the handset makers plans — or lack thereof — for Nokia’s Symbian mobile operating system. “We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system,” said Mr. Liguori . The remarks come on the heels of a statement by SE’s Chief Creation Officer, Rikko Sakaguchi, which explained that the company had made a “significant shift to support Android.” Sony Ericsson did indicate that that they would retain their membership in the Symbian Foundation, despite the absence of the OS from their handset pipeline. More →
Publication Global Atlanta caught up with Sony Ericsson CEO, Bert Nordberg, at the grand opening of the company’s North American headquarters in Atlanta. When asked, “where do you see the phone industry going… what do you see as the next big development technology wise?” The CEO quipped, “we have some big surprises coming up in the next few months… but we never announce them in advance.” Sounds good to us. We’d love to see some high-quality Sony Ericsson hardware on American soil… delivered in a timely fashion, of course.
Earlier this month, we told you about the Sony Ericsson Vivaz; an S60 powered smartphone that was destined for AT&T. Today, via a press release, AT&T has made the mid-level handset official. The handset will have a quad-band GSM and UMTS/HSPA radio, 8.1 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 3,2-inch 360 x 640 TFT nHD resistive touch-screen display, Bluetooth, aGPS, micro-SD card slot, and come in Galaxy Blue and Venus Ruby. The device will be priced at $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. You can tell how excited AT&T is about the S60 device by the brevity of its press release. We have said release ready for your scrutiny after the break. More →
Sony Ericsson and AT&T have announced that the Xperia X10 will be available on Ma’ Bell, beginning August 15th, for $150 on-contract. The wrap sheet on the X10 is as follows: 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8.1 megapixel camera with LED-flash, 4-inch touchscreen display (480 x 854), 8GB ROM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a-GPS, micro-SD card slot, and a fairly heavily skinned version of Android 1.6. One-point-six? Did your gag reflex just kick in? Ours did. If you want to know what we think of the X10, you can check out our hands on from waaaaay back in November of 2009. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Troubled phone maker Sony Ericsson had a nice surprise for its investors this morning, as it announced that Q1 2010 was its first profitable quarter in just under two years. While the company shipped 4.1 million fewer handsets than in Q4 2009, it did manage to make gains where it ultimately counts, posting an income of 21€ million ($28.415 million USD) while increasing the average selling price of each handset 12% to 134€ ($181 USD). See, Sony Ericsson? Shipping products without major bugs and laying off excess labor does help the bottom line. Now all you have to do is make a smartphone people actually desire with an up-to-date OS and maybe you’ll be able to move past your crummy 4% marketshare.
Today in a press release, AT&T announced that it will be purchasing equipment from telecom manufacturers Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to build out its 4G LTE network. AT&T has field trials of LTE planned for later this year, with commercial deployment sometime in 2011. If everything goes according to plan, the carrier lovingly nicknamed the Death Star will start rolling out 2,000 new 3G cell sites in 2010. Terms of the agreement between the three companies ensure that any new 3G equipment that is deployed will have the capability to be easily converted to LTE for the 2011 roll out, so don’t let that scare you off. Also of note: Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson currently supply AT&T with their 3G networking equipment. More →
Things aren’t looking so pretty at Sony Ericsson as the handset maker a little while ago posted its fourth-quarter earnings showing a loss of $270 million, pre-tax. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone since SE’s earnings reports the past few quarters, six to be exact, were just as disappointing. The company also recently had major layoffs and restructuring the past few months. However, SE is remaining cautiously optimistic for 2010. While other manufacturers are expecting a big rise in the cell phone market in 2010, SE sees things a little more modestly. Since smartphones and high-end devices are Sony Ericsson’s overall weakness right now by comparison to Apple, HTC and BlackBerry, we’re thinking that there is a lot riding on the XPERIA X10 with Android due out very soon. More →
Today we took a brief look at Sony Ericsson’s line-up at CES and fondled the Pureness as well as the X2 and Elm. SE also had black and white versions of the X10 available, but you all saw that two months ago when SE held its announcement in NYC — so we won’t really dive into that much. If you’re itching to see more snapshots in our gallery as well as get a brief low-down on each handset, hit the break!
Stockholm, Sweden is the place to be for cutting edge LTE technology. An active LTE network has been deployed and is being extensively used for testing — one of the first successful trials demonstrated the interoperability of LTE and HSPA networks. In the trial, a multi-mode LTE/HSPA device powered by ST-Ericsson’s commercially available M710 platform was used to launch an LTE mobile broadband data call. The call was then successfully transferred from the LTE network to an HSPA network. Sounds like small beans but seamless switching between LTE and HSPA is critical for the smooth transition from our current network technology to LTE, and with this first successful hand-off, we are one small step closer to commercially available LTE. More →
The economy isn’t going to keep Sony Ericsson from cranking out ridiculously expensive, high-end dumb phones for the high-class crowd. One of its latest, the Pureness, will now be available through Saks or Sony Cierge for a whopping, or mere, depending on who you are, $990. What do you get for that kind of cash? Talk, text and time. That’s right — just the basics and that is exactly how SE is advertising this thing, but it also comes with a 24-hour global concierge service “providing its members support for all lifestyle requests.” The clear screen and keypad light up with info only when buttons are pushed, which makes it look like a sleek, artsy gadget when not in use. If we had to choose, we’d be saving up for a whole different high-end line of handsets… More →