A little over a week ago the Sony Ericsson W995, affectionately known as the Hikaru, was revealed to have made it’s way through the FCC screening process. We knew the US-bound W995a couldn’t be far behind and sure enough, here she is. As is customary with Sony Ericsson handsets that actually find their way to North America, the “a” model is identical to the standard version but it brings WCDMA 850/1900 MHz to the table as well. Mmm, 3G. Specswise, we’re still looking at an 8.1 megapixel camera, 8GB of internal memory, 2.6-inch QVGA scratch-resistant screen, aGPS, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers, Walkman player 4.0 and dedicated media buttons. Will it get picked up? That remains to be seen but in the meantime, hit the jump for more FCC shots.
Despite the recent wave of ho-hum handsets, Sony Ericsson’s W995 is one of a select few feature phones we’ve been secretly lusting after since it was announced back in February. Once known as the Hikaru, the W995 will be SE’s first Walkman phone to get in on the 8 megapixel action. The specs as you may recall, are pretty respectable — highlighted by the 8.1 megapixel shooter, 8GB of internal memory, 2.6-inch QVGA scratch-resistant screen, aGPS, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers and Walkman player 4.0 accompanied by dedicated media buttons. There is some bad news in all this however; this FCC approval makes no mention of the 850/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA bands we’re all looking forward to in the North American W995a. In fact, it doesn’t mention any WCDMA testing, though it does list the phone as HSPA-capable. As such, we’ll have to assume this is the Euro variant and we’ve got a bit more waiting to do before the North American version finally makes its way through the approval process. Hit the jump for a few more shots.
Sony Ericsson had the first press conference of MWC 2009 and used that opportunity to announce the W995, previously known as the Hikaru. The W995 is an 8 megapixel slider with 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, 2.6″ QVGA scratch-resistant screen, 118MB built-in memory, A-GPS with Google Maps and Wayfinder Navigator pre-installed, Wi-Fi and full PlayStation 3 compatibility. The phone also supports Sony Ericsson’s new Media Go service which allows you to easily transfer music, videos, photos and podcasts between your mobile phone and computer. This handset will be available in Progressive Black, Cosmic Silver and Energetic Red in select markets starting at the end of Q1 2009.
Sony Ericsson also unveiled the 12 megapixel Symbian-based Idou. The Idou will feature a Xenon flash, large 3.5″ 16:9 touchscreen and will be capable of “full media consumption”. The Idou does not have a model name yet and is expected to be available in the second half of 2009. Hit the jump for the press photo of the Idou.
Why should everyone else have all the fun? Granted other leaks leading up to MWC so far have been a bit more, shall we say exciting, but revived news of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming flagship Walman phone isn’t a bad thing. So behold – a leaked image of the Hikaru (Hikaru? Sounds like a fuzzy little animal from down under) suggests we might finally be getting an official announcement from Sony Ericsson next week at MWC and long-time SE fans will hopefully be appeased. While it may be a bit behind the times in many areas, the Hikaru will come packing an 8 megapixel camera and Sony’s latest Walkman player – possibly marking the end of days where potential buyers had to choose between a good camera (Cyber-shot line) or a good media player (Walkman line). To refresh your memory, here are the known specs for this puppy:
- Slider form factor
- 8 megapixel camera
- 8 GB of internal storage
- 2.6-inch display
- Walkman player 4.0
- Stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack
- Dedicated multimedia buttons
It’s not much but it’ll have to do – at least until next week if Sony Ericsson indeed pulls the canopy off this little guy at MWC. So what do you guys think – is anyone looking forward to the Hikaru?
Rumors had been floating around about the Hikaru a while back and the project was thought to be scrapped. It looks like Sony Ericsson broke out the defibrillators because this 8 megapixel gem has a pulse once again. Even though we’ve already hit the 8 megapixel mark, there’s definitely always room for another high-end shooter. At this point, it almost seems like SE can do no wrong – what with the Xperia and Walkman phones out on the loose. We’re not quite sure what category this phone will be in but you know the camera will likely be hawt as most SE camera phones are, and it will be packing at least 8 GB of internal storage. The slider might be a QWERTY or alphanumeric, but one would image it would be the former since it’s coming standard on so many phones these days. So far, details and images are limited (the mockup there was done by Unwired View) but you know we’ll be on it like no one else.
Thanks Alex R!