Sony Ericsson K700i: a first look

The newly-announced K700i phone from Sony Ericsson offers an attractive mix of connectivity, imaging and entertainment in a compact package.

The star of Sony Ericsson's recent product launch was the K700i, a high-end tri-band GSM/GPRS device that's set to take over from the T610 as the company's flagship compact camera phone.

Sony Ericsson K700i: a tri-band GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth-equipped compact phone with a built-in VGA camera and an FM radio.
The K700i measures a compact 46.5mm wide by 99mm deep by 19.5mm high and weighs 93g. It has a brushed aluminium finish and is described as a 'dual front' device: one side looks like a phone, with its 16-bit, 176-by-220-pixel TFT display, mini-joystick and keypad; the other side looks like a digital camera, with its 4X digital zoom lens. As well as tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz) GSM and GPRS for wide-area communications, the K700i has Bluetooth and infrared for short-range wireless connectivity. Talk time is rated at 7 hours, standby time at 300 hours. The K700i's built-in VGA-resolution camera features a 4X digital zoom, along with a photo light for better exposure in low-light environments. You can also capture video clips to the device's 32MB of memory. Images and clips can be distributed via MMS or email using Sony Ericsson's QuickShare application. On top of its good connectivity and imaging features, the K700i should provide plenty of entertainment. It has a built-in FM radio and plays MP3s, includes a Java engine for playing bundled and downloaded games, and supports 40 polyphonic voices. The Sony Ericsson K700i will be available in the second quarter of 2004, for around £99 (with a contract).