Sony Ericsson W705 Walkman phone gets official nod

Every major mobile player wants to make out like they're down with the kids when it comes to music. And Sony Ericsson has turned the screw on other wa

Every major mobile player wants to make out like they're down with the kids when it comes to music. And Sony Ericsson has turned the screw on other wannabe trendsetters Nokia this morning, with the launch of the sharp new W705 Walkman phone.

A slick looking slider phone, aimed at the ladies according to the chap doing the presentation, it rocks 'premium headphones', but alas no 3.5mm jack for your own regular buds. There's also integrated YouTube, with Sony Ericsson following the likes of Apple and HTC with direct hook ups to the world's favourite video repository.

It rocks most of the features we've come to expect on a Walkman phone, including TrackID, SensMe, for tunes to match your mood and Shake control for wrist-flicking track changing. It also has the same audio nous as the W980, with Clear Bass and Clear Stereo.

There's 4GB on board, so you can stash up to 1,000 tunes, as well as a one-touch music button letting you get online and check out new tunes on sites including MTV.

There's HSDPA and Wi–Fi for browsing and downloading, with a 3.2MP snapper round the back and a 2.4in screen for checking out all your tunes and pics. You can grab it from early 2009.

We're getting an exclusive hands–on now so stay tuned for more pics and video. To keep you going, make sure you check out all the latest on SE's new PlayNow Plus service which includes DRM-free music goodies and TrackID charts.

Essentials

Sony Ericsson W705

Price: £TBA

On sale: Early 2009

Contact: Sony Ericsson