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Sony Ericsson introduces first Cyber-shot camera phones

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February 28, 2006

Sony Ericsson introduces first Cyber-shot camera phones

Sony Ericsson introduces first Cyber-shot camera phones

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March 1, 2006 Sony Ericsson takes digital imaging in camera phones to new heights today with the launch of the K800 and K790 phones, the first handsets to carry the Cyber-shot name known throughout the world as Sony’s digital still camera brand. Both are highly capable mobile phones with integrated 3.2 mpx digital cameras with autofocus, Xenon flash and BestPic, a completely new feature developed by Sony Ericsson which ensures that you never ‘miss’ an important picture. Press the shutter button once and the camera takes nine full quality 3.2 megapixel pictures in a time sequence – four pictures before and four pictures after the actual image you captured.

All nine pictures are displayed as icons on the display. Simply scroll backwards and forwards through the 9 images and save the ones you like best.- Sony Ericsson’s unique imaging technology that allows you to capture exactly the moment you desire. K800 and K790 combine advanced image capture capabilities with high speed data transfer, making them perfect tools for shooting and sharing high quality pictures and videos. K800 is a dual-mode UMTS/GPRS phone and the K790 is a Tri Band EDGE phone. Both are available from Q2 2006.

"With the Cyber-shot phone we aim to create a new lifestyle of ‘imaging communication’ by combining Sony Ericsson’s unique mobile applications and Sony digital imaging technologies,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, Senior Vice President, Product and Application Planning, Sony Ericsson. "Our aim has always been to innovate and create new values for the mobile life, and with the Cyber-shot phone we will enable anyone to enjoy an entirely new level of communication –taking quality pictures of anything, anytime and anywhere, and sharing their precious moments with others."

The handsets have a classic Sony Ericsson design, with a large screen and responsive, tactile keypad with a sleek and stylish dual front phone design. Turn the phones horizontally and there you have a digital still camera. Simply slide the active lens cover downwards and a user interface similar to that of a Cyber-shot camera automatically appears.

The K800 and K790 offer full support for a complete digital imaging lifestyle. Printing is possible without the need for a PC thanks to PictBridge, a feature that transfers pictures directly to a printer by using a USB cable. Storing and managing image files on your PC are made easy with the supplied Adobe software, and the phones are among the first to feature fully integrated Picture Blogging Blogging is growing exponentially as a way of sharing personal experiences with words and images, and Picture Blogging in K800 and K790 allows users to create and update personal blogs directly from the phone in just a few clicks.

Business users will find the K800 and K790 valuable work tools while out of the office and the sleek Velvet Black casing fits neatly with the professional image. Full HTML browsing with RSS feeds and Google Search give you high-speed, graphic-rich Internet use. Support for standard push email and a connectivity suite comprising Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and Memory Stick Micro (M2) means that keeping in touch is effortless. A complete entertainment package including music player, 3D gaming and an RDS FM radio are also provided for business downtime or relaxation.

The Sony Ericsson K800 is a dual-mode UMTS handset while K790 is a Tri Band EDGE handset. Both products will be commercially available in Velvet Black and start shipping globally during Q2 2006.

The variants in the market will be:

K800i - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa K800c - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz for Mainland China. (Launch dependent on availability of 3G services.) K790i Tri Band EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz for Europe, Asia Pacific, Americas K790a Tri Band EDGE 850/1800/1900 MHz for Americas K790c Tri Band EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz for Mainland China

K800 and K790 – Features at a glance:

Imaging & Messaging

    3.2 Mega pixel with Auto Focus Camera Xenon Flash BestPic Video and image stabilizer function 2.0” QVGA 262K TFT display Active lens cover Photo keys Cyber-shot user interface Memory for 100 pictures (at 3.2MP), 64 MB internal user memory Video recording/playback Adobe picture/video PC SW 16x Digital zoom Auto red eye reduction DPOF & PictBridge Time line view of pictures Picture Blogging (powered by Blogger) PictureDJ and VideoDJ Standard push e-mail (P-IMAP) support VGA camera for Video Telephony (no VGA camera in K790)

Entertainment

    Music Player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ support) Video Player Music DJ OMA DRM phase 1.x Streaming Audio/Video 3D games A/B buttons for horizontal games support RDS FM radio

Connectivity

    Bluetooth 2.0 IrDA HTML Full Browser with RSS readers USB 2.0 Mass storage External antenna connector Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) slot Flight mode Multitasking USB cable, stereo portable handsfree and PC software in the box Talk time: up to 7 hours GSM/2.5 hours UMTS Standby time: up to 350 hours Size: 106 x 47 x 18 (22) mm Weight: 115 grams

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