Sony Ericsson’s original LiveView Android "smartwatch” was a great idea hampered by poor software, inconsistent connectivity and a short battery life. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will solve many of the LiveView’s shortcomings with the second version of the device, called the LiveView Touch.
Last week the LiveView Touch hit the FCC, giving us access to internal photos of the device as well as its user manual. The design of the LiveView Touch is similar to the original LiveView. Both devices can be worn as watches or can be clipped to clothing. Internal photos of the LiveView Touch show the device’s tiny 115mAh battery. It also appears that the LiveView Touch will require a proprietary charging cable. It appears that this cable simply attaches to the exterior of the LiveView Touch and does not actually have to be plugged into the device, like a microUSB cable.
The LiveView Touch is scheduled to be launched on February 29th in the UK for £99.99. You can preorder the device from Amazon.co.uk here. No word on a US launch date.
Check out the full gallery of LiveView Touch photos, below.
It’s been a busy day for Sony on the FCC. Earlier today, the company’s Xperia S hit the FCC, and shortly after Sony Ericsson’s Xperia acro HD Android smartphone made an appearance, complete with internal photos.
The Xperia acro HD sports a 4.3-inch display (1280×720) with a high 342ppi pixel density. The device features a Qualcomm MSM8260 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. Like the Xperia S, the Xperia acro HD sports a 12MP rear facing camera that records 1080p video. The device runs Android 2.3.
Internal photos of the acro HD give us a look at the device’s Qualcomm processor, Elpida SDRAM and Sandisk Flash Memory. We also get a glimpse of the device’s antenna, which enables the device to receive 1Seg TV in Japan. Check out the full gallery of FCC photos, below.
The Xperia acro HD will launch in Japan on DoCoMo. It’s unlikely that the device will make its way to the United States. However, AT&T will be launching the Xperia Ion, which offers similar functionality along with LTE and a larger 4.6-inch screen.
It’s notable that the acro HD is a Sony Ericsson branded device – it appears that this device was designed before Sony bought out Ericsson’s share of their joint venture.
News of Sony Ericsson’s LT26i Android Smartphone, codenamed “Nozomi"”, was first leaked in November 2011. But, we didn’t realize how stunning this device was until we saw it as CES 2012, where it was launched as the Xperia S.
The Xperia S offers a solid feature set that includes a 4.3-inch 1280×720 display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and an impressive 12MP camera. The design of the phone itself is also quite unique – the Xperia S’ antenna is housed in a clear bar near the phone’s bottom.
Today, the Xperia S hit the FCC, winning approval for GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 bands, was well as WCDMA bands I, II, V and VIII. Unfortunately, no mention was made of LTE on the Xperia S. The device also won approval for its WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities.
No word yet on the Xperia S’ pricing or release date. Sony has cozied up to AT&T recently, however, so we’d expect to hear news from the two companies soon.
One interesting note: the FCC filing for the Xperia S was filed by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, although the Xperia S will be the first device to be branded “Sony” rather than “Sony Ericsson.”
Remember the Walkman? Sony Ericsson is reviving its ground breaking brand with a new lineup of Android phones. Pictured here is the awkwardly-named Live with Walkman phone, which passed through the FCC today. The music-centric device features a 3.2-inch screen, 1GHz processor, front (VGA) and rear (5MP) cameras, and Android 2.3. The device also features a dedicated Walkman button, xLOUD loudness enhancement, and access to the PlayNow music store.
FCC documents also include internal photos of the device, below.
The Live with Walkman is expected to launch in Q4 of 2011.
Back in February Sony Ericsson announced its Xperia pro, an Android 2.3 QWERTY slider. Today the device won approval from the FCC, and got torn down in the process.
The Xperia pro features a 3.7-inch screen with an 854 x 480 resolution, 1GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon CPU, 8MP rear and 2MP front facing cameras, support for microSD cards up to 32GB in size, and 320MB of RAM. But most notably, the device will feature what appears to be a comfortably-sized QWERTY keyboard. While the Xperia pro lacks the dedicated row of number keys featured on the DROID 3, the pro definitely offers more typing real estate the Sony Ericsson’s other QWERTY sliders such as the X10 mini pro.
FCC filings from Sony Ericsson include internal photos which give us a good look at the innards of the pro. The device’s Micro and Elpida memory are visible, along with a power management chip from Qualcomm.
The Xperia pro was expected to be released by the end of Q2 2011, but it looks like the device has been delayed. Today’s FCC filing does suggest that we will be seeing the pro soon, however. No US carrier has announced plans to carry the pro, but the device does support AT&T’s GSM and 3G bands in the United States.
Check out more pics of the Xperia pro below.
Sony Ericsson’s latest Android smartphone, the Xperia ray, made an appearance on the FCC today. The device features a small 3.3-inch display, single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, front (VGA) and rear (8MP) cameras, and Android 2.3.
FCC filings also include internal photos of the ray, below. Some of the chips visible include Elpida SDRAM and what appears to be Samsung Flash memory.
The ray is expected to be released in Q3 2011. Sony Ericsson hasn’t announced a carrier partner, but the device does support AT&T’s 3G network.