Following this morning’s rebate sheet from Verizon, one of our AT&T ninjas apparently got fired up and snapped a couple of shots of the carrier’s upcoming rebates for May 11th through June 21st. Unfortunately, no real bomb dropping on AT&T’s sheet either but there are a few items of interest. As is always the case, this doesn’t mean all of the handsets listed will be out during the rebate period but it does mean they’ll be dropping soon enough. Above, highlights include the sliding QWERTY-rocking Motorola QA1 Karma and Sony Ericsson’s 8.1 megapixel beast, the C905a. The second shot, pictured after the break, includes the Samsung i637 Jack and of course everyone’s favorite EDGE-only messaging machine, the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Hit the jump for the second image and let us know if there’s anything in particular on the new rebate sheet that catches your eye.
It sure seems as if T-Mobile really loves high-resolution camera phones because in addition to launching the Samsung Memoir, they’re going to be rocking out with the Sony Ericsson CS8 come September. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 8.1 megapixel camera, UMTS — what’s not to love? The price for one. It’ll run you around $148 with a two year agreement straight from Wally World.
A little over a week ago the Sony Ericsson W995, affectionately known as the Hikaru, was revealed to have made it’s way through the FCC screening process. We knew the US-bound W995a couldn’t be far behind and sure enough, here she is. As is customary with Sony Ericsson handsets that actually find their way to North America, the “a” model is identical to the standard version but it brings WCDMA 850/1900 MHz to the table as well. Mmm, 3G. Specswise, we’re still looking at an 8.1 megapixel camera, 8GB of internal memory, 2.6-inch QVGA scratch-resistant screen, aGPS, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers, Walkman player 4.0 and dedicated media buttons. Will it get picked up? That remains to be seen but in the meantime, hit the jump for more FCC shots.
We’ve known is was coming for a while and now thanks to the FCC, we can safely say it won’t be long before Sony Ericsson’s new Walkman phone hits AT&T. The W518a is a pretty decent entry/mid-range clam shell for those into music phones:
- Quad band GSM and dual band HSDPA 850 and 1900
- 2.2-inch 240Ãƒâ€”320 pixel TFT internal display
- 1.1-inch 128Ãƒâ€”36 pixels external OLED display
- Stereo Bluetooth
- Walkman Player 3.0
- SenseMe, TrackID, Shake control and Gesture control
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- 100MB internal memory
- Memory Stick M2 support
- Changeable covers
- 93.5 x 50 x 14 mm, 98 grams
MediaNet and AT&T Music Store mentions confirm the W518a is bound for AT&T and assuming the carrier keeps the 2-year price way low, this little guy it could certainly be a hit with the younger crowd — amongst those who aren’t looking for a messenger, that is. No word yet on pricing or a release date but something tells us you won’t be losing much sleep over it. Hit the jump for more FCC shots.
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Despite the recent wave of ho-hum handsets, Sony Ericsson’s W995 is one of a select few feature phones we’ve been secretly lusting after since it was announced back in February. Once known as the Hikaru, the W995 will be SE’s first Walkman phone to get in on the 8 megapixel action. The specs as you may recall, are pretty respectable — highlighted by the 8.1 megapixel shooter, 8GB of internal memory, 2.6-inch QVGA scratch-resistant screen, aGPS, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers and Walkman player 4.0 accompanied by dedicated media buttons. There is some bad news in all this however; this FCC approval makes no mention of the 850/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA bands we’re all looking forward to in the North American W995a. In fact, it doesn’t mention any WCDMA testing, though it does list the phone as HSPA-capable. As such, we’ll have to assume this is the Euro variant and we’ve got a bit more waiting to do before the North American version finally makes its way through the approval process. Hit the jump for a few more shots.
Sure the Samsung Memoir might have been the first 8 megapixel to be carried by T-Mobile, but considering what we thought of it we’re really counting on the Sony Ericsson CS8 to restore our faith in simple phones with beefy cameras. So take it as a good sign that the Cyber-shot branded CS8 just passed through the FCC — now you’re one step closer to having it accompany you to the beach on a hot Summer day as you take photos of bikini-clad girls while cowering behind an ice cream stand. Other than the aforementioned camera that weighs in at 8.1 megapixels, the CS8 is kitted out with GPS, Wi-Fi sans UMA, stereo Bluetooth, FM radio and the all too sparse tag-team combo of 1700/2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA. Just in case you’re wondering, yes, this is basically the T-Mobile version of the C905 and while nothing is confirmed as of yet, it is rumored to be dropping on June 24th.
[Via Cell Phone Signal]
According to a recent interview with Reuters, Sony Ericsson CEO Hideki Komiyama confessed that it would be “some time” before Android makes its way onto a production handset. Despite having been shot down already this past December, rumors that a Sony Ericsson phone running Google’s OS might be released as early as this Summer were still buzzing around the outskirts of the Internet. Once again however, it looks like those rumors can be put to bed with Komiyama’s admission that, “It does require a lot of evaluation, as well as a lot of testing, a lot of acceptance from a consumer viewpoint, and there is still some time to go.”
We can’t say this is a bad move of course, as the company certainly has bigger fish to fry at the moment. To say SE is struggling right now is a bit of an understatement and pumping out an Android phone or two might not be the best use of the company’s resources. Looking toward the future, Komiyama sees Android “as one of the important operating systems, there is no doubt,” but the company is likely wise to delay moving in that direction. There is still plenty of buzz surrounding Android of course, but it is slowly subsiding even as we near the release of HTC’s second Android-powered handset. Android is still too young to be widely adopted and as Sony Ericsson prepares to cut 20 percent of its workforce this year, concentrating elsewhere for the time being is probably the way to go.
Sony Ericsson announced its third straight quarterly loss this morning, shocking absolutely no one. The company posted a pre-tax loss of Ã¢â€šÂ¬358 million with handset sales plummeting 36 percent from the same quarter last year. Sony Ericsson’s gross margin also fell, shrinking to a mere 8 percent in Q1 2009; down from 29 percent in Q1 2008. Though abysmal, the results lined up with analysts projections and Sony Ericsson remained optimistic that it can ride out this rough economic climate. The joint company announced another cost saving program that will trim an additional Ã¢â€šÂ¬400 million from expenses but will result in the loss of 2,000 jobs. All is not doom and gloom however, as Sony Ericsson remains committed to the launch of its “Entertainment Unlimited” lineup of high end handsets which feature music, imaging, gaming, content services and applications. This lineup will include the hotly rumored Idou unveiled at MWC 2009 and another not-yet-announced handset expected to be unveiled on May 28th, 2009.
It’s not every day we can get excited about a Sony Ericsson handset in this day and age, so we cherish every opportunity. Really. Of course ultra-high end isn’t a space the company should be focusing on if it hopes to get things back on track, but it’s great for us so no complaints. The latest round of rumors puts the Symbian-powered Sony Ericsson Idou on sale in October and now that we have a nice clear set of images showing off the silver build, Halloween can’t come soon enough. It’s a sex bomb. Massive 3.5-inch touchscreen, 12.1 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, brushed metal lens guard… It would likely become the most desirable Symbian handset on the market the instant it dropped. Hit the jump for some more shots and try not to drool on your keyboard.
We’re sure you hate it every time tech bloggers say “take this with a grain of salt,” but you’re just going to have to take this with a grain of salt. According to the folks over a mobile.se, a German PR rep for Sony Ericsson has gone on the record to state that the Idou — a Symbian-powered device with a 3.5″ touchscreen, monstrous 12 megapixel camera and GPS — is slated to commence retail sales in October with November being the fall-back date. When asked for comments, Gustaf Brusewitz of Sony Ericsson Sweden would only reconfirm the companies previous commitment to ship the Idou “sometime in the second half of the year,” something that we hope means that the Idou will go on sale well before Christmas to help the struggling Japanse/Swedish owned company get back on its feet. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to have a 12 megapixel camera phone in your pocket on Halloween to document your best friend almost blowing his hand off with an M-80? Yeah, that’d be so sweet.