Sony Ericsson U5i Vivaz: Now Official!

What Mobile
January 21, 2010

As the second Symbian S60 device from the Sony Ericsson stables, the Vivaz squeezes the Satio into a svelte casing, reflecting Sony Ericsson’s new ‘human curvature’ design philosophy. The phone will measure 107x52x12.5mm and weighs 97 grams.

The phone, on sale in the first quarter of 2010, features the same S60 5th Edition operating system and now adds HD recording (720p) into the mix (helped along by a faster 720MHz processor).

Keeping the size down has resulted in the loss of the 12.1-megapixel camera and Xenon flash, replaced with an 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash.

The Vivaz now comes with clients for Facebook and Twitter, but does not come with the new Timescape and Mediascape software coming to the Xperia X10 (Android OS) phone due out at around the same time.

A 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB connector mark two other key changes over the Satio.

Pre-loaded applications will consist of: Facebook, Google Maps, QuickOffice, Sync, SMS Preview, Twitter, YouTube, Water Level (spirit level tool), Wisepilot (navigation – 3 month free trial), World Mate, Rally Master Pro and SSX Snowboarding.

The phone also comes with a 8GB microSDHC card, expandable to 32GB.

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