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Sony Ericsson announces Android Walkman phone

Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson has unveiled its first ever Walkman branded mobile phone based on the Google mobile OS, with the W8.

The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman appears to be a rebranded budget Xperia X8 handset from late last year, which in itself was a successor to the low cost X10 mini - a cut down version of their large screen flagship X10 handset.

The W8 Walkman phone will arrive in the second half of this year, with the same hardware as the Xperia X8. The mobile will tip up with a 3-inch 320x480 HVGA touch screen, which is powered by an 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset.

Android ‘Éclair’ 2.1 runs on the handset, where the Xperia X8 shipped with the older 1.6 version and was upgradable to 2.1 later on.

Sony Ericsson’s W8 has the familiar four corners SE user interface to phone, with their own TimeScape social media feeder app that brings in status updates from Facebook and Twitter into an easy to read stream that also contains text messages and calls.

The only real difference between the two mobiles is that the W8 arrives with a Sony Ericsson Walkman Music player, which allows music to be sorted by artist, album and track were shuffle and smart playlists are supported too.

Sony Ericsson hasn’t made public any prices for the W8 Walkman mobile phone yet, although it is believed to be arriving in Asia first.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.