Sony Ericsson has just announced its latest Windows phone, which will have a focus on messaging, and sport a QVGA touchscreen, small keyboard, and 3G. Its main claim to fame is it will be among the first with the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system.
This smartphone has a tablet shape, with a small keyboard fixed below its 2.4-inch QVGA (240 by 320 pixel) touchscreen.
A New OS
As mentioned before, the Aspen is the first device announced with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3, an updated version of this operating system.
It won’t have a capacitive screen, so it won’t get the benefit of some of the improvements in this OS. However, the Aspen will be able to take advantage of many other new features, such as a faster web browser, improvements to the Start Menu, and more.
Instead of the default Windows Mobile user interface, this smartphone will use SPB Mobile Shell 3.0.
As a Windows phone it will come with Microsoft’s standard suite of mobile productivity and entertainment applications, like Outlook, Windows Media Player, and Office. In addition, it is being bundled with some consumer-friendly apps, like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Other Hardware Details
There will be two version of the Sony Ericsson Aspen, both with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM/EDGE, but one will have dual-and HSPA (900/2100) and the other with tri-band HSPA (850/900/2100).
In addition, it will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a GPS receiver, and a 3.2 megapixel camera.
It is part of Sony Ericsson’s green initiative. “Sony Ericsson Aspen is the business phone with a conscience, perfect for any consumer or company who want to make a green choice in their daily work life.” said Quentin Cordier, Global Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson.
Those buying this device will have a choice between black and silver casings.
Coming Next Quarter
Sony Ericsson says the Aspen will be released at some point in the second quarter of this year. There is no word yet on what parts of the globe it will be available in, but Europe is a sure bet.
Pricing has not yet been announced.
Source: Sony Ericsson