Announcing a consumer electronic on an Apple event day is like launching a pilot TV show against the Super Bowl time slot. It’s just pure insanity. Nonetheless, Sony Ericsson announced the G705 slider phone today. It sports a 2.4-inch screen, 3G, a full HTML web browser, accelerometer (for switching to landscape mode), WiFi, 1GB of flash storage, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a built-in FM radio. They’ve also managed a Youtube partnership for uploading and download via the phone.
Expect the Sony Ericsson G705, albeit in Europe, Q4 of this year.
Full press release after the ‘leap’
Live your life to the full with the new Sony Ericsson G705
09 September 2008
Get your own personal assistant with the new Sony Ericsson G705 mobile phone. The 2.4” screen enhances the premium web experience, whether you are searching Google™ direct from your idle screen, checking emails through the phone’s Exchange ActiveSync™ capabilities or using Wi-Fi™ to access the latest news. The G705 lets you juggle your day the easy way.
London, UK – September 9, 2008 – This elegant slider phone, complete with large 2.4” screen, allows users to surf the internet at high speed with turbo 3G and its full HTML browser – just use the shortcut key and you’re straight through to Google™ search from the idle screen. Page a bit too small? Use the illuminated zoom web shortcut key or just tilt the phone and it automatically switches to landscape view.
“The G705 is ideal for those who need a bit of help organising their busy life.” said Catherine Cherry, Global product marketing manager at Sony Ericsson. “This life-enhancing phone has everything you need to keep track of your daily activities and is perfect for keeping in touch with friends. It also allows you to stay fully up-to-date thanks to the full HTML browser, email support, and desktop RSS feeds – all delivered at turbo 3G speeds.”
The G705 keeps you updated with the information most important to you via RSS feeds that are delivered straight to your phone’s desktop. Whether its sport scores or news from around the world, be the first to break that story to friends or work colleagues. Complete with 3.2 megapixel camera and video capabilities, upload your favourite and funny moments straight to the web for friends all over the world to see. Time to relax? Use the phone’s Wi-Fi™ connection to upload pictures, create a picture blog or download music and videos from your favourite web sites. Entertain your friends and family with all your great images on the 1GB memory card, or relax with the sounds you want through the built-in FM radio.
On your way to an important meeting but can’t find your way? The inbuilt aGPS combined with Google Maps™ for Mobile and Wayfinder™ navigation means that you will never have to ask for directions again – and it will even help you find a restaurant or bar to relax with friends and family.
Also announced today is the G705u, the first UMA enabled phone from Sony Ericsson. UMA enables users to seamlessly roam between the mobile network and local area networks thanks to GSM/Wi-Fi™ dual capabilities. The G705u is exclusive to the operator Orange in its territories.
In addition, Sony Ericsson is pleased to today announce a partnership with Google™ meaning that YouTube™ will be integrated into selected upcoming models from Sony Ericsson. This capability will allow users to instantly download and upload video directly from their phone to YouTube™. The G705 will be YouTube™ compatible and further models will be announced at a later stage.
The new G705
Stay one step ahead of the rest
Large 2.4” screen – view websites and emails with high clarity
HTML browser – surf the net how it was meant to be
Automatic rotation – switch from portrait to landscape with just a tilt of the phone
Google™ shortcut key – Go to Google™ from the idle screen with one key press
Inbuilt aGPS combined with Google Maps™ for Mobile and Wayfinder™ – never get lost again
Wi-Fi™ and DLNA certified™ – connect the way you want
3.2 megapixel camera – snap and share your favourite images via Bluetooth™
YouTube™ compatible – upload videos or download favourite clips
Ditch the filofax and stay organised the stylish way with the G705.
The G705 and G705u (exclusive to Orange) support GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSDPA 2100. G705 will be available in selected markets from early Q4 in the colours Silky Gold or Majestic Black. G705u (exclusive to Orange) will be available from early Q4 in the colour Luminous Black. The G705 will also be available in a version for American markets supporting networks GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSUPA 850/1900/2100. G705 for American markets will be available early Q1 2009.
The Sony Ericsson G705 at a glance
3.2 megapixel camera
Up to 3.2x digital zoom
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
Full HTML browser with auto rotate
RSS feeds on desktop
Web shortcut keys
Communication & Messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync™
USB mass storage
Geo tagging of photos
Wayfinder™ navigation (three month trial version)
1GB Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™)
Sony Ericsson PC Suite
Bluetooth™ Headset HBH-PV720
Stereo Bluetooth Headset™ HBH-DS205
Desk Stand CDS-75
Facts and Figures 1)2)
Size: 95 x 47 x 14.3 mm
Weight: 98 grams
Luminous Black (G705u only)
Screen: 262,144 colour TFT
Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Size: 2.4 inches
Phone memory: Up to 120MB
Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) support
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 10 hrs
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 400 hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 4 hours
Standby time UMTS: Up to 350 hours
Video talk time: Up to 3 hours
Availability and versions
G705 and G705u:
G705 (American version)
Available in selected markets from early Q4 2008.