Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Android smartphone won’t be launched in the UK

If you are in the UK and were anxiously waiting for the Sony Ericsson W8 to launch so you could grab it, well, then, first of all – why? Second, you’ll be very disappointed to hear that the first Android Walkman phone will not be launched in the UK.

Sony Ericsson responded to a request for comment by SoMobile and had this to say about the W8 Walkman’s availability:

“We can confirm that the W8 Walkman phone will be available in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The Walkman™ branding and the legacy from previous Walkman™ phones is very strong in these particular markets and therefore we decided to launch the phone in these markets.”

So there you have it, folks. The W8 seems like it won’t reach European shores, at least not officially. It will be sold where the Walkman brand is still strong, which apparently means Asia-Pacific. Before you weep, consider that this may be all for the best. After all, spec-wise, the W8 really failed to impress. And it’s become the second of two Walkman smartphones announced so far that will only be sold in Asia, the other one being the China-bound WT18i.

Maybe another Walkman-branded Android smartphone is going to make it to Europe, albeit with specs that are better suited for the year 2011. Such a device may be the leaked WT19. Or maybe there just will be no Walkman smartphone in the ‘Western’ world. Would that make you sad? If so, why? Do you miss the brand itself? After all, these phones just have another brand slapped on them, it’s not like they’re actually better at music than any other phone. And if it is just the brand you miss, and you don’t care about having a smartphone, remember that the featurephone Mix Walkman is coming to the UK soon.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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