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Sony Ericsson Zylo and Spiro mobiles announced

Walkman music player phones coming in Autumn 2010

Sony Ericsson Zylo Walkman mobile phone - black

Sony Ericsson has unveiled two new Walkman-branded mobiles – the Sony Ericsson Zylo and Sony Ericsson Spiro – both of which are slider phones with curved bodies.

The quad-band, 3G Zylo has a 2.6-inch TFT screen, measures 103x52x12mm and weighs 115g.

While primarily designed as a music-player phone, the Zylo also has a 3.2Mp camera, and offers integration with web services such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Picasa. Sony claims that users will be able to upload video clips from the Zylo to YouTube in just two clicks.

The Zylo is the first Sony Ericsson Walkman mobile phone to support the FLAC audio format – a lossless format that offers greater audio quality than MP3 music – and should appeal to audiophiles who want the best music quality on their mobile handsets.

A quirky feature that Sony Ericsson has introduced is the ability for the Zylo to play music in the background during phone calls. Sony says that not only can consumers play their favourite tunes to share them with friends, but the Zylo also comes preloaded with background sounds so that users can pretend they are still at work, walking on the street, or in a restaurant.

Both Zylo and Spiro feature Sony’s TrackID function – allowing users to find out the name and artist of tracks that they hear being played while. Sony claims this function is popular with consumers, saying there were ‘129 million TrackID lookups in 2009’.

For help choosing the best music-playing mobile phone for you check out our mobile phone reviews.

Sony Ericsson Spiro Walkman music mobile phone - black

Sony Ericsson Spiro with Walkman

The Spiro is a smaller handset than the Zylo, at 92x48x17mm, and weighs 90g. It’s a dual-band phone with a 2.2-inch TFT screen and 2Mp camera. 

Like the Zylo, it has a memory card slot for microSD cards up to 16GB capacity, and a 3.5mm headphone jack means that users can plug in their own headphones without needing an adaptor. There’s a microUSB socket for file transfer and charging.

The Spiro’s music player supports MP3 and AAC files, and there’s also an FM radio. The handset offers simple integration with social networks including Facebook and Twitter.

Both Zylo and Spiro are expected to be available to buy in the UK from Autumn 2010, but prices have not yet been confirmed. The Zylo will be available in ‘jazz black, cha-cha silver and swing pink’ while the Spiro is set to come in a choice of ‘contrast black, sunset pink, spring green and stealth black’ colours.

Which? will bring you first look video reviews of the Sony Ericsson Spiro and Zylo as soon as we can get our hands on them.

If you’re looking for expert buying advice, watch our video buyers guides to find a mobile phone handset, or choose the best MP3 player.

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