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Sony Ericsson Formally Launches 12-megapixel Satio Smartphone

Sony Ericsson has announced three smartphones amongst which the Satio, a 12-megapixel shooter with a Xenon flash, is the most stunning and was presented back last February in Barcelona.

The smartphone's camera also features an "intuitive" touch focus with geotagging and a stunning 3.5-inch touchscreen capable of showing 640x360 pixels. That's not all; there's also HSDPA connectivity, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and TV Out. But still no 3.5mm headphone output.

Satio - which means I satisfy in Latin - also comes with a 8GB memory card and, surprise, surprise, it is compatible with microSD, no Memory Stick. Finally! Furthermore, users will find a colour-matched stereo portable hands free in the box.

“With Satio you can enjoy any form of entertainment anytime, anywhere. Whether its music or movies you will never be more than a tap away from your favourite tracks or shows,” said Fredrik Mansson, Market Business Manager at Sony Ericsson.

The Satio is roughly the same size and weight as the iPhone 3G. Sony Ericsson will hope that the smartphone - which is based on Symbian Series 60 software - will help it avoid the humiliation next year of having to announce a multi million Euros loss. It lost £293 million in the first quarter of this year.

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The phone is likely to be available on contracts above £35 and is likely to be pitted against the iPhone. Sony will also be launching the PlayNow service in the next few weeks in Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and UK, allowing users to download movies.

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