Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's W880i and Cybershot K810i

Sony Ericsson couldn’t care less about the iPhone. Or at least that’s the impression it was trying to give this morning when it launched a much-hyped new Walkman handset, and a successor to its best-in-class Cybershot camphone.Seven new mobiles were announced, but the crowd-puller was the W880i (on the left) and it didn’t disappoint. It’s just 9.5mm thick – less than the width of a CD case – which is impressive considering it packs the latest Walkman player software and a 2MP camera, but incredible when you factor in that it’s also a 3G mobile. Get it in your hand, and it becomes clear that this is the sexiest handset in the series yet. The matt rubber finish on the back provides a little extra grip, the screen is crisp and the brushed metal finish is a joy. To cement its place on our mobile wishlist, Sony Ericsson also said it’ll be bundling a 1GB M2 stick when it ships later this month. Nice.Click next for more on Sony's new handsetsRelated stories: Hands-on with the new Sony Ericssons

Among a sea of slightly dull entry-level phones was also the new king of the Cybershot series, the K810i (right). It’s very similar to its predecessor – 3.2MP sensor with Xenon flash and BestPic – but adds some illuminated shortcut "buttons" for the camera functions and new software called Photofix, which lets you edit photos on the fly. It’s a shame the new shortcut keys aren’t touch-sensitive – they just tell you which button on the keypad to press – but they look nice, and the new circular buttons are more alluring than the K800i’s. It’ll be shipping before July in the UK, along with a new entry-level Cybershot called the K550, which is a 2MP camphone with autofocus but no Xenon flash. Look out for full reviews on soon.     


Sony Ericsson W880i, K810i Price: £TBA On sale: Late February, June Contact: Sony Ericsson Related stories: Sony Ericsson’s W880i – the hunt is on