Sony Ericsson is apparently looking to revive the Walkman brand with the introduction of the W15 smartphone that will be based on the miniature Xperia X8 smartphone complete with some upgraded electronics.
GSMArena says that the W15, which will also be based on Android, will come with a 3-inch 480x320 pixel capacitive screen, a Qualcomm MSM7227 (or MSM7627) system on chip clocked at 600MHz and a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash.
The site also suggests that the phone may come with a customised interface and a dedicated audio chip that supports lossless codecs. Add to that list microSD card support as well as a proper pair of earphones.
The W15 may be launched in April or May; whether or not the phone will be as cheap as the X8 remains to be seen. The X8 remains a very tempting handset costing less than £12 on contract with 200 minutes, 200 texts and unlimited internet at Talkmobile or as little as £99.99 on Pay as you go at Three Mobile with 100 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB data.
The relaunch of the Walkman would mark the return of a brand that had disappeared from our radar for the last two years or so, ever since the release of the W995. It would also mean that Sony Ericsson may be going back to a three-pronged smartphone strategy with gaming and audio being two of them.