AT&T Gets SonyEricsson Vivaz HD Smartphone

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Atlanta - SonyEricsson will launch its first U.S. smartphone with HD video capture on Sept. 5 through AT&T.


The Symbian-based Vivaz,

unveiled earlier this year

, will be available for $79.99 with two-year agreement after $50.00 mail-in rebate through AT&T-owned stores and AT&T's



The Vivaz is SonyEricsson's second smartphone for AT&T following the

Aug. 15 launch

of the Xperia X10 Android smartphone through the carrier.

The Vivaz is a 3G HSPA-equipped touchscreen phone that operates on the Symbian S50 fifth-edition OS, lacks hard QWERTY keyboard, and features 720p video recording through its 8.1-megapixel camera/camcorder. It operates in AT&T's 850/1900MHz network and foreign 2.1GHz 3G networks.

Vivaz is the second phone in the company's U.S. portfolio, following the Xperia X10, to adopt a new design called "human curvature," which mirrors the shape of the human body.

Other Vivaz features include multitasking, Wi-Fi, VGA-resolution TV output, ability to upload HD video via Wi-Fi through preloaded YouTube and Picasa apps, DLNA certification for audio and photo sharing in a home network, face and smile detection, media player, assisted GPS, geo-tagging, stereo Bluetooth, Microsoft Exchance ActivSync, FM radio, and 3.2-inch wide color LCD display with 640 by 360 resolution. A single application lets users connect to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Vlingo voice-recognition interface web searches and composing notes, and separate quick camera keys are available for shooting video and photos

With a qualifying AT&T data plan, the device provides unlimited access to AT&T's hot spot network.

The Vivaz is the second SonyEricsson smartphone to make it to AT&T in recent weeks. The full-touchscreen

Xperia X10

, which is also SonyEricsson's first Android-based smartphone for the U.S. market, became available through AT&T Aug. 15 at AT&T retail stores, authorized retailers and


 Information on Vivaz availability through third-party retailers was unavailable.


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