Releasing handsets in multiple colors seems to be Sony Ericsson’s “thing” lately. More specifically the Xperia X10 Mini and the recently announced Xperia X8, showing up in more colors than we’ve ever seen before. While the Vivaz doesn’t have quite as many colors, a new color model will be released soon. Currently the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is available in Cosmic Black, Silver Moon, Venus Ruby and Galaxy Blue (or black, silver, red and blue to the rest of the world). Pink will be the fifth color for the handset. All specs of the phone will remain the same, it will just be a different color chassis.

The specs of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz include a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 360×640, an 8 megapixel camera with the ability to record video in HD and a TV out port so you can watch your videos on your TV. It uses the Symbian S60 5th Edition as it’s OS. The Vivaz also has support for HSDPA (3.5G), Wi-Fi and GPS. Pricing is likely to remain the same as the other color models in your region but, availablity and release information is currently unknown.


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The all new Sony Ericsson Vivaz is finally here.  Considered to be a step ahead of Sony Ericsson Xperia, Vivaz is the second offering from Sony Ericsson in its family of high end communication entertainment phones.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz comes with robust Symbian operating system. The most striking feature of this mobile is its HD video recording capabilities which offers videos with quality that could match those with videos from digital video recorders.  Vivaz is no exception to the latest trend in mobile shapes. It is slender, sleek and curvy. Its HD 720p video recording capabilities come with continuous auto focus, meaning users can be rest assured of high quality videos and pics even when they are driving.

Lennard Hoornik, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson says “User generated content such as videos are exploding on the web. Our Sony Ericsson Vivaz offers an effective tool to their user which makes capturing their daily life events fun and enjoyable. These videos can be easily uploaded onto web without much hassle. Sharing lives and those beautiful moments was never easier”.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz comes with enhanced battery life with talk time that lasts for 13 hours and standby time of around 430 hours. Sized 107 x 52 x 12.5 mm it weighs only 97 grams, another good reason why it’s going to be a huge hit among its users. It supports networks such as GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900/, UMTS 900/2100.

Now about its best part, camera. It comes with 8.1 MP, 4x digital zoom, face detection. Auto focus, image stabilizer, geo tagging, smile detection and photo light.

It supports both Wifi and 3G networks. It has inbuilt Bluetooth device. It also supports SMS, MMS and Email services. Its display is a joy to look at, a formidable 3.2 inch, 640 x 360 pixel resolution, around 16,000000 colors and it comes with touch screen. Its webkit browser offers quick browsing and fast downloading facilities. It supports up to 16 GB memory. It also comes with Gmaps and a 720 MHz processor for faster computing purposes. This is device that people would definitely look forward for.

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Sony Ericsson have been working on the Kurara handset, also known as the U5. Kurara will be part of the Entertainment Unlimited range, following in the steps of the Satio (U1). Design wise, it looks like Sony Ericsson have taken a leaf out of LG’s book as it looks very similar to the LG Viewty Smart (GC900).

U5 is powered by Symbian and has a Cortex A8 processor and PowerVR graphics chip. Other specs include an 8.1 megapixel camera as well as a 3.5 inch AMOLED touch screen. European price is rumoured to be around 300 Euros but, no specific release date. However for the UK, the handset is rumoured to hit shelves in April. Currently the UK price is unknown but, hopefully there’ll be an announcement at the Mobile World Congress with more information.


Source: UberGizmo

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While the Satio may be the first of Sony Ericsson’s Entertainment Unlimited range, the handset is actually quite opposite. If you’ve transferred previous photos and music over to your new Satio handset, like I have, depending on how much you transfer, you’ll shortly find that new pictures and videos do not show in the Media section, or on the navigation bar. At first it looks like the phone hasn’t saved the photos but, the files can be accessed through the File Manager. After a look around after experiencing this problem, I’ve find why the photos aren’t showing.

The Satio is limited to 3000 files in the Media section. Meaning once you have more than 3000 files, including music, photos and movies, the newer files will no longer show up unless viewing from the file manager. Sony Ericsson are aware of this and may fix it in a firmware update. Once the latest update is available for branded handsets, I’ll report back on if the limit has been removed, or if we’ll need to wait longer. For now, I suggest removing files you really don’t need on the handset, after backing them up of course.

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With the Satio being taken off many UK stores shelves it’s not surprising Sony Ericsson have rolled out an update very quickly. Unfortunately though, the update only appears to be for unbranded handsets. Just Another Mobile Blog reports updating an unbranded Satio, while no update was found for a Vodafone handset, which I can also confirm. Hopefully the update will be available quickly for all Satio handsets. The update has reportedly made the phones respond faster.

While the update has been released, many stores still haven’t put the phone back on the shelves. Although it seems, from further information, the issues only appear to affect the black model, so if you’ve seen the Satio still on sale, like I have, it’s likely the silver version they’re selling. On the same note, the Aino did not get pulled from shelves as confirmed by a Sony Ericsson spokesperson.

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