The release date for the Sony Ericsson Satio is soon

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The Sony Ericsson Satio, the eagerly anticipated new release from Sony is due soon. Dates given are end of August or early September before stocks arrive. This unit is a comprehensive monster of functionality with several features that are far more advanced than many of its major counterparts. Size comes in at 112mm x 55mm wide and only 13mm thick. The unit weighs 126 grams. The handset uses the ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor for its main processing power and enhances its imagery by using a 3D Graphics HW Accelerator. The operating system used is the Symbian Series 60.

The camera on the Sony Ericsson Satio is a huge 12 mega pixels and offers outstanding resolution and imagery when taking photos, in fact the resolution is better than most stand alone digital cameras. To help the user to take good quality images the phone offers a suite of tools which includes a xenon flash, auto focus, touch focus, smile and face detection. For location referencing geo-tagging is provided. For those who prefer taking video footage, the phone offers this at VGA quality and at a 30 frames per second.

The screen is a 3.5 inch TFT touch screen which is colourful and vibrant, especially when displaying images, which is due to the fact that it displays over 16 million colours. The screen is excellent quality and ensures that images are displayed with excellent colour reproduction. To ensure optimum viewing of images, an accelerometer sensor provides the means to alter the aspect automatically to either landscape of portrait whichever is relevant for the image displayed.

For auditory entertainment, a useful MP3 player and stereo FM radio are provided. This allows the user to listen to either downloaded music files, of which the phone will play most of the types used, as well as the opportunity to listen to local and national radio stations if desired.

Internet access is provided by the HSDPA and Wi-Fi connections with the ability to browse the web at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. Access is via either its own connection or through nationally available Wi-Fi hot spots. Other forms of connectivity are provided which includes Blue tooth, USB, GPRS and EDGE. For the purposes of satellite navigation the GPS with A-GPS support feature covers this eventuality.

The Sony Satio or Idou, as it was previously known as, is a compact and desirable mobile phone. It has many features which set it apart from its counterparts. Once released it is assured of a great deal of interest and will no doubt be a popular handset for Sony.

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