Sony Ericsson opened the 2009 GSMA World Congress on Sunday night by announcing the W995 Walkman phone. As the premiere device for Sony Ericsson's new Media Go service, the W995 offers a wide range of multimedia features for both music and video. And yes, it makes calls too.
On the outside it sports a thin slider design in progressive black, cosmic silver, or energetic red. Its front face is dominated by a 2.6-inch display, which should lend itself well to watching everything from music videos to movies. You'll also find a desk stand (very nice!) and stereo speakers.
And just to prove that miracles do happen, Sony Ericsson broke down and included a 3.5mm headset jack. We're not sure what made the company change its mind, but we couldn't care less.
The W995's Walkman player offers the standard range of features, including album art, shake control, TrackID, and an adjustable bass level. You'll also be able to save MP3 and AAC files as ring tones. The 8.1-megapixel camera is straight out of a Cyber-shot line. It has a 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, face detection, a flash, image stabilization, Sony's PictBridge, a video recorder, and picture blogging.
Finishing out the feature set are stereo Bluetooth, assisted-GPS with support for Google Maps, Wi-Fi, messaging and e-mail, a voice recorder, an FM radio, phone-as-modem capability, USB mass storage, PC syncing, instant messaging, organizer applications, a speakerphone, gaming, and direct access to YouTube.
With so much under the hood, it's imperative Sony Ericsson backs it all up with solid battery life and memory. Fortunately, the W995's specs look promising. Its Memory Stick Micro slot will accommodate cards up to 8GB, the internal memory is 118MB, and Sony Ericsson promises that the W995's battery life will be long enough to support two full-length films (9 hours talk time, 20 hours music time and 5 hours video time).
The W995 will be available in the second quarter of this year for an undisclosed price. The W955 will be quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) and dual-band UMTS (900/2100), while the W995a will be quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100). The latter is formatted for the North American market.
For more on the W995, check out the Sony Ericsson photo gallery.