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SonyEricsson Adds 2 HSDPA Phone

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – SonyEricsson unveiled Bluetooth watches and its second U.S.-market GSM phone equipped with W-CDMA HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access), which expands voice capacity and accelerates data downloads.

The company’s first U.S. HSDPA phone, the Z750, was introduced earlier this year.

The new phone, called the K850, is also the company’s first Cyber-shot cameraphone with HSDPA and first SonyEricsson phone with 5-megapixel camera for the U.S. market. The company’s highest resolution cameraphone to date features 3.2 megapixels, a spokeswoman said.

The K850 is due in fourth-quarter through Sony Style stores and national retailers, said a spokeswoman who declined to say whether the phone would be sold unlocked to retailers. Pricing was not disclosed.

The two-sided phone looks like a phone on one side and a camera on the other. It’s equipped with features available in Sony’s Cyber-shot line of digital cameras, including BestPic to take nine photos in rapid succession and delete all but the best shot.

It operates in quad-band GSM/EDGE mode in U.S. 850/1900MHz networks and in foreign 900/1800MHz networks. It works in HSDPA mode in the U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and in the foreign 2100MHz band.

The phone is also compatible with the SonyEricsson-developed PlayNow 4.0 over-the-air music-download store, which sells downloads of Sony and BMG songs but is branded by carriers. No U.S. carriers have committed to using the store, the spokeswoman said.

The three new Bluetooth watches, all for men, will join three current models, all developed in conjunction with Fossil. All will be smaller and lighter than the original models and feature more sophisticated styling, the spokeswoman said. One will be the company’s first to control the music functions of a Bluetooth-equipped music phone while also displaying song titles. Pricing wasn’t disclosed, but the current models retail for $200-$250 depending on model.