Well, on first glance it appears to be just that. The golden handset we played with tonight at Sony Ericsson’s summer party was a medium-sized candy bar that might seem a bit chunky for what it is.
That’s until you slide the front up and reveal the decent-sized keyboard that pops out below.
A quick test writing a text and making simple notes showed the keys to be very easy to use, allowing a pretty decent typing speed. A bit of practice will no doubt improve that even further.
The screen is obviously restricted to the candy-bar’s oblong shape. However, a handy scroll button on the right-hand side gives easy access to the parts of the page that would otherwise be a hassle to view.
Our only big worry with the handset so far? It’s not out in the UK until October.
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Tech specs for the phone are:
Size: 110mm x 53mm x 17mm (4.3-inch x 2.1-inch x 0.7inch)
Weight: 145g (5.1oz)
Available colours: Solid black; Steel silver
Screen: 800 x 480 / 65,536-colour TFT
Memory: Up to 400MB phone memory / MicroSD support (actual free memory may vary due to phone pre-configuration)
Networks: GSM / EDGE / HSDPA / HSUPA / UMTS.