Just like we reported yesterday, Sony Ericsson has launched the G502, a mid-range candybar, accompanied by a clamshell, the Z780.
The Z780 brings slightly more to the table than the G502 but is also crippled in many ways, which Sony Ericsson could have made amends to. The Z780 is the worldwide counterpart of the already announced Z770, which is tailored specifically for the European Market.
The feature set isn’t that radically different from what Sony Ericsson has done before, with the sole exception of aGPS inclusion to work with Google Maps.
If you feel the aGPS is a cause for celebration, better think again. The sparse 2.2-inch 128×160 pixel screen pretty much rules out any decent navigation on the already limited experience you would expect on a cell phone navigation-wise.
Otherwise, the Z780 is similar to the G502 we reported on yesterday. It is designed to work on quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100 networks. The device sports a monochrome display on the outside and features an M2 expansion slot, the same 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, USB support, and the Access NetFront web browser with RSS feed support.
Both the phones are expected to hit the marked in the second quarter of 2008 and the prices aren’t disclosed yet, but let’s hope that SE sticks to its “most affordable HSDPA phone yet” tag .
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