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Sony Ericsson Kicks Off Mobile World Congress With A Thud

Sunday night in Barcelona, Sony Ericsson held its press conference to show off its newest handsets. It showed only one real phone and one vaporware phone that may or may not ever become reality. This is the best Sony Ericsson could do?
Sunday night in Barcelona, Sony Ericsson held its press conference to show off its newest handsets. It showed only one real phone and one vaporware phone that may or may not ever become reality. This is the best Sony Ericsson could do?Last year, Sony Ericsson announced six new handsets at MWC, including the much-hyped Xperia.

This year, it announced 1.5 phones.

First up was the W995. This powerhouse of a Walkman phone offers a lot of bang. Sony Ericsson said in a press release, "Keep amused like never before on one powerful video mobile phone; watch news, TV shows, or blockbusters in premium video quality or check out the latest videos from YouTube using Turbo 3G or Wi-Fi. Complete with an 8.1-megapixel camera and Walkman player, with clear audio experience, the W995 Walkman is the ultimate mobile phone to keep you entertained when on the bus, lunch break, or waiting for a train."

The W995 looks like pretty much ever other handset Sony Ericsson has spit out in recent memory. The key feature is a new set of media software called Media Go, which will help people sync all their content between their phone and their PC better.

The real nonnews item of the evening, however, was the "Idou." "Idou" is the project name for an unfinished monster of a mobile phone that will have a 12.1-megapixel camera. It will be fully touch-enabled and loaded with tons of picture-manipulating software.

I am calling this phone a vaporphone, however, because of the operating system Sony Ericsson said it will be using. The "Idou" will run the first new iteration of Symbian to come from the newly formed Symbian Foundation.

Yes, Sony Ericsson beat Nokia to announcing a device using this as-yet undeveloped operating platform.

Symbian hasn't announced any new versions of its core OS in months, and hasn't even said when we can expect its first combined effort to reach the market.

Many were suggesting that the "Idou" will run S60 version 6, which hasn't been announced, either.

Anyway, aside from the interest in the "Idou", Sony Ericsson didn't have much to offer. No new Windows Mobile phones from Sony Ericsson, nor anything else.

Here's to looking forward to some big news from Nokia, HTC, Samsung, LG, Acer, and Microsoft tomorrow.

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