Struggling phone company Sony Ericsson is set to launch a competitor to the Cisco Flip with the introduction of what the company is describing as a high-definition video capture device.
The new 3G-enabled Vivaz phone captures 720p video through its 8.1-megapixel camera/camcorder.
It’s due in global markets including Australia in the first quarter. However, Sony Ericsson is not saying when. At the CES in Las Vegas, Telstra executives said that they were less likely to range devices from Nokia and Sony Ericsson in 2010 over new Smartphones from HTC, Blackberry, Motorola, LG or Samsung.
Vivaz will be the second phone in the company’s selection, following the Xperia X10, to adopt a new design called “human curvature,” which mirrors the shape of the human body. More are due in the first half.
Other features include Wi-Fi, VGA-resolution TV output, ability to upload HD video via Wi-Fi to YouTube and Picasa in HD, Facebook 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.