Cedar and Yendo Join Sony Ericsson’s New Release Announcements

Sony Ericsson’s big announcement this week may have been the new Xperia X8, but the Swedish company have also launched two further phones as well. The first is the Yendo, a Walkman phone, and the second is the Cedar, a new entry into their environmentally-aware GreenHeart range.

Sony Ericsson Yendo.

The Yendo was leaked under its cute TeaCake codename around the same time as the X8, and is the first full touch Walkman phone to be released. The phone uses a proprietary OS, but does incorporate the same four corner shortcuts found on Sony Ericsson’s Android phones, taking you directly to the Walkman music player amongst other things. It also features:

  • 2.6″ resistive touchscreen.
  • 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom.
  • A2DP Bluetooth.
  • 3.5mm headphone socket.
  • MicroSD card slot for cards up to 16GB in size.

As the Yendo is a Walkman phone, you’ll have the latest music player software plus TrackID, PlayNow, SensMe and Shake Control, plus social networking is also emphasized, with Twitter, Facebook and Orkut access built-in. The Yendo is a 2G phone, so any data will come via GPRS or EDGE, but this enables a decent 312 hours of standby from the battery and a mere 81 gram weight.

Sony Ericsson Cedar.

The GreenHeart range of phones expands further with the introduction of the Cedar, a candybar phone which uses Sony Ericsson’s ‘human curvature’ design to maintain clean, flowing lines and for the device to feel as comfortable as possible in your palm. The Cedar also has:

  • A 2.2″ screen with a 240×320 pixel resolution.
  • 3G with HSDPA.
  • A 2 megapixel camera with 30fps VGA video.
  • MicroSD card slot.
  • A2DP Bluetooth.
  • 3.5mm headphone socket.

The Cedar isn’t a powerhouse, but that wouldn’t really fit with the whole GreenHeart ethos.  Buying a device like this shows you care more about the manufacturing process and materials used in production, minimal packaging and offsetting your own carbon footprint. That said, it’s good to see 3G with HSDPA and a 3.5mm headphone socket, giving the Cedar a versatility that is often missing from this type of phone.

Both the Cedar and Yendo will be available in a variety of colours and are due to hit the shops during Q3 this year.

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