More details on Sony Ericsson’s new naming system for mobile phones

Though you’ve probably read about this already in the past, like fake Chinese knock-offs and spy, in the wild photos, nothing beats the real thing, as is typical in the mobile world. I’m referring to Sony Ericsson’s new naming system for their mobile phones, which although isn’t really all that hard to figure out, has not been blessed with official word from inside Sony Ericsson itself.

However, all that changes now, because finally hard evidence shows the real low-down on Sony Ericsson’s new mobile phone naming system. The photos you see below was taken inside one of Sony Ericsson’s local stores in Taiwan. Apparently, they’ve got the naming system posted on the wall, or something, and a kind SE customer uploaded it to the web.

There’s a lot of old news, and also a few new ones you could learn from here. Now let’s get to it.

Sony Ericsson naming system explained

First of all, let’s tackle the basics. W of course stands for Walkman and is used for Sony Ericsson’s premier music phones, such as the Sony Ericsson W890.

Meanwhile, C stands for Cybershot, used for the likes of the rumored Sony Ericsson C905, a highly-awaited 10 megapixel or so slider Cybershot camera phone. It is still being used very actively by SE, with phones like the Sony Ericsson C902 lying just around the corner.

The P-series gets its name from the designation PRO, which might be how SE views and treats its P-series smartphone users for being mobile professionals.

Now from what we already know, Sony Ericsson’s new naming system for mobile phones is based on the notion that:

Models ending in 0, 1 and 2 are candy bars
Models ending in 3, 4 and 5 are sliders
Models ending in 6, 7 and 8 are clamshells,
Models ending in 9 will have other, unspecified form factors

If that’s the case, then possible Sony Ericsson handsets to watch out for would be the highest of the high-end phones, and these are:

  • Sony Ericsson G905 – a Web-oriented, high-end touchscreen clamshell
  • Sony Ericsson G908
  • Sony Ericsson W905 – a music-focused high-end slider phone
  • Sony Ericsson W908
  • Sony Ericsson C905 – a Web-oriented, high-end touchscreen Cybershot phone

and so on…

Of course, all of this is wishful thinking for now. So anyway, let me bring you the new stuff.

We’ve got G in the G-Line which stands for Generation Web. Phones in the G-Line are Web-centric phones, toting candybar form factors and stylus-based touchscreens. Then if we are to follow what we already know about Sony Ericsson’s mobile phone naming system, we should be seeing high-end upgrades to SE’s current flagship phones, such as the Sony Ericsson G905 for the G902.

We picture the Sony Ericsson G905 to be a powerful high end candy bar phone that’s optimized for the Web and boasting a touchscreen. We have yet to hear any official word about the Sony Ericsson G905, although based on this naming system, there certainly is an available slot for such a handset model.

The Walkman and Cybershot line get “little brothers” in this naming system, in the forms of the R-series and S-series. The R-series stands for Radio, and is for mid to low-end phones with special radio features like the Sony Ericsson R300. The S-series, meanwhile, stands for Snapshot, and is supposed to be a category for camera-equipped Sony Ericsson phones that aren’t good enough to be on the Cybershot line (C-series).

Lastly, we have two out-of-place phone groups, the T-series for T-Line (Style) and the F-series for fun. We haven’t heard of any such phones falling under the F-series yet, but we suspect that it’s intended for very low-end phones that SE’s probably forgotten to try and produce anyway. The T-series shows us SE’s attempt at giving the masses stylish mobile phones for less.

Well, that was quite a long post regarding Sony Ericsson’s new mobile phone naming system, and yet a few details still haven’t been mentioned, such as the Z-series, or if there will be any more additions to the list of phone groups. For now, it’s clear that Sony Ericsson’s got a lot of combinations to fill, so it’s safe to say that it won’t be stopping production of new phones any time soon.

Via Mobil

Author: David Gonzales

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  • Steph

    what does the first number in the three number sequence mean?

  • Steph

    what does the first number in the three number sequence mean?