February 11, 2008 In more news from Sony Ericsson, the latest addition to Walkman line has been unveiled. Available in Q3 of this year, the W980 Walkman phone boasts distortion free stereo sound and 8GB of internal memory (or up to 8000 songs) in a clamshell "Walkman on Top" design that replicates the Walkman controls on the outside of the phone for quick navigation through your music library.
A built-in FM transmitter allows users to send their songs to hi-fis, car stereos and other integrated stereo speakers. Additionally, users will be able to access up to five million tracks via Sony Ericsson’s over-the-air and web download service PlayNow arena, which is being launched this May. The W980’s TrackID feature is incorporated into PlayNow arena, and identifies tracks automatically, allowing users to download them instantly.
The phone provides a choice of eight customizable equalizer presets allowing users to switch between varied music styles, while enjoying the best sound settings for each song.
The W980 Walkman phone is to be bundled with the company's Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77 - a new in-ear design that reduces background noise.
The 100 gram W980 features two screens, which both have 262,144 colour TFT. The main screen is 2.2 inches wide, and has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, while the external screen has a resolution of 176 x 176 pixels.
The phone also sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with 3.2x digital zoom. It allows picture and video blogging, and the Access NetFront Web browser provides video streaming, web feeds and photo feeds.