Sony Ericsson Launches Live Smartphone With Walkman

Sony Ericsson is upping the ante with yet another Android-based handset unveiled, this time as part of the Walkman line which brought us ages ago the W995.

This time, the new handset is called the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman and promises "lots of ways of discovering and sharing music recommendations through social media".

Like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, the Live With Walkman comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, a five-megapixel rear camera with HD video recording capabilities and a front facing camera.

However, its screen is slightly larger (at 3.2-inch) although it does keep the same resolution (320x480 pixels). There are other added features which hint at a higher retail price for the Live With Walkman.

Its battery life is much better than the £160 Xperia Mini (855 minutes talk time in 2G), it has a front facing camera, a 2GB microSD card, built-in speakers, Sony's xLOUD technology, a media discovery application and Sony's own Qriocity music and video content services.

The handset will be available in "selected markets" from the fourth quarter of 2011 (which starts in two weeks) and pricing has yet to be confirmed.