Sony Ericsson launches five-megapixel Cyber-shot phone

Sony Ericsson's new flagship Cyber-shot phone, the K850i, provides the most compelling argument yet to dump your dedicated digital camera and carry around just one device. Rocking up with a five-megapixel lens, autofocus and full-Xenon flash, the K850i also sports features that appear in digital camera including an accessible three-way key to switch between still, video and playback modes and a power on button that automatically opens the integrated lens cap. The K850i also cranks up the video recording abilities, now shooting in a 320x240-pixel resolution at 30 frames-per-second.

Elsewhere it retains the K810i's Photo Fix, BestPic and eBlogger software but this powerful candybar is now fitted with a HSDPA engine for faster download and upload speeds. In terms of size it's shorter than K810i compadre but a lot fatter and 15 grams heavier at 118 grams. Its large 2.2-ich screen may have an identical QVGA-resolution but its brighter and more detailed because the screen sits closer to the glass.

Other new additions include slots for both Memory Stick Micro and MiniSD cards. This is the first time Sony Ericsson has embraced card formats outside it proprietary Memory Stick but is obviously a move to attract camera-users already using MiniSD. The K850i will hit the stores in time for Christmas in Velvet Blue and rather natty Xbox-esque luminous green finishes.

Sony Ericsson has also launched the entry-mid level Z320i camera phone. This retro-styled clamshell features a 1.3-megapixel camera with night mode and white balance.

K850i specifications

Size: 102 x 48 x 17 mm
Weight: 118 grams
Camera: Five-megapixels, autofocus, Xenon flash and 16x digital zoom
Display: 240 x 320 pixels, 262,144 colour
Memory: 40MB internal, Memory Stick Micro (512MB card supplied) and MiniSD card slots
Talk time: Up to 9 hours /3 hours 30 mins
Standby time GSM/UMTS: Up to 400 hours/350 hours
Video call time: Up to 3 hours 20 mins
Frequency: Tri-band GSM + HSDPA
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