Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman and Android Gingerbread announced

Sony Ericsson has officially unveiled a new Walkman smartphone that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread: the Sony Ericsson Live. The handset is not really new, though, since it’s just a refreshed Sony Ericsson WT18i, which was announced back in May in China.

The SE Live measures 106 x 56.5 x 14.2 mm (just like the WT18i) and features a 3.2 inch HVGA (480 x 320) scratch-resistant display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, deep Facebook integration, a dedicated Walkman button for instant access to the music player, Sony xLOUD technology for enhanced audio output, TrackID, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth, 5MP autofocus camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 1GHz processor, and a 2GB memory card pre-installed.

The smartphone also provides access to Sony’s Qriocity music and video content services (not available in all markets).

The Sony Ericsson Live will be released starting Q4 2011 in “select” countries. Its price is unknown for the moment – it shouldn’t be a high one anyway.

Via Press release

Author: Florin

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    This looks very much like a re-packaged Xperia Mini, which is quite a good thing as the Mini UI runs like like lightning.

    The only thing that worries me is how Sony Ericsson are going to differentiate a Walkman phone from other smartphones on the market.  I’m guessing that those stereo speakers are good quality, but if the rest of it is just apps, a button and branding then I’m not sure why I’d choose this over another Xperia device (which would have a better screen or camera)

    Sony has missed a trick, this should have more storage capacity for offline music and video, certainly at least 120-160Gb.  By supporting only microSD this device is like every other PMP and Smartphone that isn’t Apple.  

    There is definitely a market for an alternative to the iPod Classic that is Android based.