Sony Ericsson: two new handsets and one you’ve seen before

What Mobile
May 28, 2009

The Yari introduces gesture gaming, meaning you can control the games purely from your own movement.

The phone will come with a mix of preloaded motion games and standard ones, with easy standby screen access to your collection. Gesture gaming gives a unique gaming experience, with plenty of titles to choose from – whether you want to keep fit or just have fun.

The 3G phone also includes a 5-megapixel camera, GPS and stereo speakers with a state-of-the-art music player.

The Yari will be on sale in early Q4 in a choice of two colours; Achromatic Black or Cranberry White.



With Aino and the Media Go software, you can transfer, play and organise you media from a PC effortlessly – and use Wi-Fi to keep the phone up to date.

Hooked up to your PlayStation 3, you can access its media content anywhere with Remote Play, as initially designed for the Sony PSP. This gives you control and access of media content on your PS3, including TV with the PlayTV service. Watch, pause and record live TV from a huge range of free channels via Aino on the go.

The clear 3-inch, 16.8 million colour, widescreen display is perfect for video, but the phone is also geared for music in superb quality, thanks to the bundled wireless stereo headphones (MH100) and matching charging stand (EC100). Flip over the phone to reveal its 8.1-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. Throw into landscape mode to enable the touchscreen control, while using the traditional keypad for text and data entry.

The 3G Aino will be on sale in early Q4 in a choice of two colours; Obsidian Black or Luminous White.



The top-of-the-range phone has already been seen on here before, as the Satio is the official name for the ‘Idou’ that was first revealed at Mobile World Congress in February of this year.

With a true 16:9 ratio, 3.5-inch touchscreen, this phone is the first Sony Ericsson to use a Symbian operating system and Nokia’s Series 60 5th Edition user interface. Sony Ericsson revealed that the Satio will be using this and not the forthcoming Symbian Foundation OS (of which S60 5th Edition forms the basis), which came as a bit of a surprise and disappointment. This means that, with the exception of the Sony Ericsson specific content loaded on the device, it will be almost identical to the Nokia 5800, Nokia N97 and Samsung’s i8910 HD.

The difference here is the 12.1-megapixel camera and Xenon flash, and the latest PlayNow content that includes video clips, movies, games and other applications.

The 3G Satio will be on sale from October 2009 in a choice of three colours; Black, Silver or Bordeaux.



In addition to the three (well, two) new handsets, Sony Ericsson also announced the launch of PlayNow arena with movies, the latest addition to the PlayNow content delivery platform. The first handset to support this will be the W995, on sale from early June.

Users can choose from a selection of around 15 movies at any time, and ‘side-load’ feature length films onto the phone via a PC (films will be downloadable via You can then watch as many times as you want for up to 90 days, and the films cannot be played on any other device. Up to 60 movies can be downloaded during a 12-month period.

Finally, Sony Ericsson has decided to jump on the ‘app store’ bandwagon, with an official announcement due next week to confirm that they will be adding their own application download store to the existing PlayNow framework on devices in the near future.



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