Looking for the newest Android 2.1 device? Neither are we. That’s why it’s no surprise Sony Ericsson quietly launched the Walkman W8. It’s the first Android device to sport the firm’s “Walkman” moniker, which should imply it has more music-centric services, but we’re not seeing anything extraordinary in its spec sheet. It’s loaded with the Walkman music player software, although that’s nothing to call home about. The phone sports a 3-inch touchscreen display with a low 480 x 320 resolution and it also has a 3.2-megapixel camera, an FM radio, and 128MB of RAM. The Walkman W8 will make its debut in Asia in three colors, blue, red, and orange. Our jaws will hit the floor if this ever hit the U.S. marketing running its current OS.
Thanks to one of our ninjas we got word that the Samsung Trance U490 will launch via all available channels on April 24th. The Trance is a mid-level, music-centric offering that is a nice replacement for the aging Samsung Juke. Music playback on the Trance will be powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower sound technology and includes a novel music sharing feature that allows playback on two simultaneous Bluetooth stereo connections. In addition to its impressive music capabilities, the Trance also packs the following into its slider form factor:
- 2.1″ display with 176 x 220 resolution
- CDMA 1X 800/1900mHz Digital Only
- 1.3 Megapixel Camera
- 1GB of Internal Memory Dedicated for Music, up to 16GB MicroSD expansion
- 3.5mm Headset Jack
- Mobile Email, Mobile Web, VZ Navigator, Chaperone Parent and Chat Capable
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody support
- Music Player for MP3, WMA & unprotected AAC & unprotected AAC+ Formats
- One touch access to Music and ability to create & manage playlists and to Multi-task while listening to music
- Sync Music from PC to Phone, Over the Air Music Downloads are not Supported
- Text, Picture, and Voice Messaging with Threaded Messaging Feature
- Tools: Alarm Clock, World Clock, Calculator with Converter, Stop Watch
Keeping with its mid-level status, the Trance will retail for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract, $119.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a 1 year contract or $219.99 for full retail.
The folks over at Samsung have certainly been busy little beavers over the past few months — apparently Samsung’s recession antidote is to crank out handsets like crazy. Fair enough, as the company is certainly putting some solid new gear on the market and the upcoming U490 Trance is no exception. Falling into the entry to mid-level category, the Trance is headed to Verizon Wireless and will reportedly be a bulkier but way more feature-packed replacement for the Juke. Here’s what has been reported so far:
- Slider form factor, hidden touch-sensitive buttons on face
- 1.3 megapixel camera
- 1GB internal memory
- microSDHC support up to 16GB
- 3.5mm stereo audio jack
- large speaker on the back
- Mobile Web 2.0 browser
- No EV-DO (boo)
Not bad, provided the added features don’t push the price too high above the Juke it replaces. The Samsung Trance is slated to hit Verizon shelves some in Q2 so expect it to make a cameo at CTIA. Hit the jump for the full set of slides along with an FCC shot of the back.
Will it be the announcement of a sexy new music phone or two? Is Nokia actually going to kill DRM and make a big deal of it like Apple did? Is “Comes with Music” relaunching as “Really Cool Songs that are Free for a Year with the Purchase of Select Handsets, on Ovi”? Unfortunately it looks like we’re all in wait and see mode for the time being. Nokia slapped the colorful little banner you see above up on its events page last night to generate a bit of buzz surrounding an upcoming event of some kind. Our guess — new handsets, though some might think it would be a bit silly to announce them on the 11th with CTIA kicking off four weeks later. Those people however, should be reminded that CTIA is in the US. ‘Nuff said.
[Via The Nokia Blog]
Assuming this handset is real and not a crazy Moto-clone, yet another handset that we know very little about has leaked this morning and Motorola is the victim this time around. Thankfully we have a bit more to go on compared to the Samsung S5600 but we’re still missing some relatively key information – you know, the name or model number would be nice info to have. Judging by the look however, it’s safe to say this nameless touchscreen handset will be the next device to drop in Moto’s ROKR line though it seems to have taken a few big steps backward from its predecessor. First and foremost, holy bulk. This baby looks like it might have eaten each of the ROKRs that came before it. It’s tall, wide and way thicker than any handset of its kind should be at this point. The only other detail we can confirm is that this new ROKR will sport a 3.2 megapixel camera. Beyond that, it looks like at least the top row of keys are touch-sensitive and Moto has opted to do away with the ModeShift keypad which is a pretty logical decision considering the presence of a touchscreen. The rest is still a mystery for the time being but we might just be looking at one of the first Motorola handsets that will feature the Android OS — probably the only surprise that would make the new ROKR even the least bit appealing. Hit the jump for a few more images.
UPDATE: Thanks to word from a few sources it looks like this handset is the EM1 / Texel, a Moto handset that was reportedly axed a while back to make room for more solid efforts from Moto. Although it looks a bit different from the initial image of the EM1 that was leaked, it’s a lighting/angle issue – definitely the same phone. Whew. Thanks to everyone else who emailed us.