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Sony Ericsson reveals ‘Bond phone’ upgrade

C903 and W375 join the Sony Ericsson range

Sony Ericsson has announced the launch of two new mobile phones. One is the C903 Cyber-shot, a stylish 5Mp model from the same family as the C902 – which appeared as James Bond’s phone in the movie Quantum of Solace.

The other is the W395 Walkman, aimed more at music lovers. It joins the band of Walkman phones already available – many of which are Which? Best Buys. 

Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot

The C903 is a stylish slider. The camera features autofocus, face detection and smile shutter, three features you can expect to find on Sony Cyber-shot dedicated digital cameras. With smile shutter, you can set the camera to take a photo automatically as soon as it detects a smile in the frame. We also like the BestPic feature. With this, you can snap up to 9 images in quick succession, choose to keep the best one and delete the rest. 

The C903 will be available in black, red or white, and should be in the shops soon.

Sony Ericsson W395 Walkman

Available in grey or titanium, the W395 Walkman is a feature packed music phone, yet one that is likely to come in at the cheaper end of the Walkman range. Sony claims it has large, powerful built-in stereo speakers to allow you to share music out-loud. We have yet to see a mobile phone with good quality built-in speakers however.

Like nearly all Walkman phones, the W395 has a camera, but with only 2Mp and few other features of note, it is basic compared to the cameras found on the Cyber-shot range of phones.

Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phones expert, said: ‘Sony’s Walkman and Cyber-shot models typically do very well in our mobile phone tests and are usually great choices for music and photography lovers. We hope for more of the same from these two new releases and look forward to putting them through their paces at our lab.’

For help choosing the best mobile phone check out our mobile phone reviews.

New smartphone?

Rumours are circulating that Sony is soon going to announce the launch of a new smartphone, currently codenamed Hikaru, with 8GB of internal memory and an 8Mp camera. Other details are very few and far between at the moment, but it will be interesting to see how it compares with the recently tested Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 when Sony releases the full specification and pictures.

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