Sony Ericsson Xmini – the weirdest Walkman phone ever?

Often criticized for not coming up with truly new designs for its handsets, Sony Ericsson has just released, in Japan, what looks to be the weirdest Walkman phone ever: Sony Ericsson Xmini.

The Xmini is not exactly a device that can be compared with the latest Japanese phones, i.e. it doesn’t have a 800 x 480 pixels display, a 5MP camera or other things like that. So what makes it special then?

Well, when closed, the Xmini looks like a regular Walkman player (or like a PMP, if you want), but when you slide it, an alphanumeric keypad appears, to let you know that this is, in fact, a cell phone.     

A set of nice dedicated music keys is hidden just below the phone’s display, appearing only when you need to control the Walkman player.


Other than that, the specs and features of Sony Ericsson Xmini include

  • A 1.8 inch TFT display with 320 x 240 pixels
  • CDMA connectivity
  • Clear stereo sound
  • Bluetooth
  • Email
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 75 grams
  • 75 x 44 x 18 mm


Sony Ericsson Xmini will be launched in Japan, by KDDI, at the end of this month – probably before Christmas.

Unfortunately, there are no details yet about the phone’s release in other countries. 

Source: KDDI via Engadget; first 3 pics via Nikkei BP

Author: Ilinca Nita

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