When Sony Ericsson announced the P800 last year, there was a ton of excitement and promise. The P800 never gained sponsorship by a wireless provider in the US though, after promises by T-Mobile, but lackluster reviews. SE is now readying a follow-up unit, the P810, for release this fall.
This picture, clearly taken by a P800, is the next iteration of Sony Ericsson’s integrated device line. There are a number of enhancements that should make it much better than its predecessor. The P810 will feature a 1.3MP camera, a substantial upgrade over the .3MP in the P800. Other noticeable improvements include a metal body that should actually reduce overall weight to under 5 ounces.
Not apparent in this picture is the screen quality. My sources tell me that it will be much improved over the undermatched screen in the P800. I have not been able to confirm if it will be transflective or a high-grade reflective display, similar to the new Treo 600.
The P810 will continue to leverage the Memory Stick duo expansion slot and will feature a flavor of the Symbian operating system. A number of other features like MP3 playing, built-in microphone, Bluetooth and others will be carried forward from the P800. It’s not immediately clear if the P810 will receive an internal memory upgrade, but it’s fair to assume it will. The P800 shipped with only 12MB of internal memory.
Pricing information is not yet available. Given the P800 sells for $649 right now, I’d expect the P810 to be about the same. The official release is slated for this Fall in Europe with no promises for the US. It is a GSM phone, so it will work on most networks like T-Mobile and Cingular, with a SIM card. When the P800 came out, people were paying in excess of $1500 for them on eBay. Will the P810 be surrounded by such excitement?
Thanks to Club Sony Ericsson for the picture. They have three more at their site.