The Walkman brand may have disappeared from Sony Ericsson’s line-up for a while, but it’s most certainly back with a vengeance this year, as we’ve had not only the W8 (which signified the brand’s return) but also the Mix Walkman too, all in the space of a few months.
Unfortunately, neither phones set pulses racing, however Sony Ericsson has unveiled another new Walkman phone this week, the Live with Walkman, which looks a little more promising. The new phone runs Android Gingerbread 2.3 and boasts a 1GHz processor, so it’s already streets ahead of the other two.
Like Walkman phones-of-old, a dedicated Walkman key opens the music player, and Sony has added their xLOUD audio enhancements for improved high-volume performance. New music can be purchased through Sony’s Qriocity service, plus there is TrackID and an ‘Infinite’ button for further information on the artist who’s song is playing.
Facebook plays an important part too, as an app pulls music and video recommendations from your Facebook friends, plus outside of the music player, the social network can be directly accessed from the calendar, the picture gallery and the phonebook.
Other key features include a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, a Skype video-call camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, DLNA and a microSD card slot. For a phone with a 3.2-inches screen, the Live with Walkman is a bit of a beast, with a thickness of 14.2mm and a weight of 115 grams.
Sony Ericsson has yet to confirm the price and the territories where the Live with Walkman will be released, aside from ‘selected markets’ during Q4 this year.