Walkman phones get fitness freak

Following months of rigorous training in the Lake District, Sony Ericsson’s new sporty Walkman phone has been declared fit for pocket duty in the worl

Following months of rigorous training in the Lake District, Sony Ericsson’s new sporty Walkman phone has been declared fit for pocket duty in the world’s gym shorts.

The W710i can lay claim to being the company’s first ‘Runman’ – it comes with a built-in motion sensor, which you can use to measure your running speed, distance and time, and comes with clip-on HPM-65 earphones.

If you want to track your commuting walk there’s also a daily step counter that resets automatically at the end of each day.

Aside from this active streak, the phone’s essentially a jazzed-up version of the W300i – the other clamshell in the range – with a similar chassis, Bluetooth and an FM radio.

There are some improvements on Sony Eric’s budget model though – you get a 2MP camera rather than a VGA job, a better 176x220 pixel screen and a bigger 512MB Memory Stick Micro in the bundle. It also has the cool new track-tagging feature from the new W850i, which we’ve talked about here.

We’ll be getting the price for the W710i later today so pop back later for an update – until then, a full-list of its specs can be found at Sony Eric’s site here.

3.30pm update: okay, so we won't have pricing 'til the phone launches, but we do know it's hitting the UK sometime between July and September.

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