The announcement was made here during the SonyEricsson Open tennis tournament, where Sharapova had
intended to compete but pulled out to rehabilitate her right shoulder. She nonetheless appeared at promotional events, including an autograph signing today.
The clamshell, available in three colors, emits a pulsating light show when a call comes in. The lights can be programmed to light up in different sequences based on who is calling. It also features gesture control, letting users wave a hand over the screen to dismiss an incoming call or snooze the alarm.
SonyEricsson has not announced whether the phone will be available unlocked or through a carrier.
The North American version features quadband GSM/EDGE and tri-band 850/1900/2100MHz W-CDMA/HSDPA. Its 2.2-inch screen can be customized to display wallpaper themes that change when night falls. Other features include 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder with video light, video calling, YouTube access, picture and video blogging, music and video playback, 3-D motion games, Google Maps, geo-tagging of photos, FM radio with RDS, external monochrome scratch-resistant OLED display, up to 100MB memory, Memory Stick Micro (M2) and MicroSD slot, and stereo Bluetooth.