Sony Ericsson launches Vivaz pro, now with more QWERTY

Loved Sony Ericsson's Vivaz but not the awkward name form factor? No biggie, as SE's seen fit to launch a "pro" version of the set replete with QWERTY slide out keypad today at Mobile World Congress. The handset's other specs pretty much line up with what we saw launched in January: very usable 720p video capture, a 640 x 360 wide HVGA touchscreen display, S60 5th Edition (so says the press release, though an SE-tweaked Symbian^2 or Symbian^3 seems more likely), mountains of connectivity options, apps, gee-whiz camera functions, and will ship in both North American and global 3G variants with quad-band EDGE. Digging through the specs, we're a little concerned that somehow the Vivaz pro's megapixelry has slipped from a decidedly more pro-ish 8.1 in the original Vivaz to 5.1 in this venture -- so we're guessing the form factor has something to do with it. Of course there's no firm shipping date, but look for it in white or black sometime in the second quarter of this year.

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro – Combining QWERTY keyboard and touch screen for optimal messaging

  • Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro – sister phone to the flagship Sony Ericsson Vivaz™, adds QWERTY keyboard to deliver an optimised messaging experience

  • 'Human curvature' design philosophy delivering beauty inside and out

  • Coming to market in the second quarter of 2010

February 14, 2010 - Barcelona – Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro,announced today, adds a QWERTY keyboard to the touch screen offering, delivering a user experience optimised for messaging and entertainment. The full QWERTY keyboard allows consumers to communicate quickly and efficiently via email, SMS or social networking updates.

Just like flagship phone Sony Ericsson Vivaz™, announced in January, Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro allows consumers to produce and broadcast their best experiences in HD video. The open platform also allows users to personalise their entertainment experience by downloading great applications through PlayNow™ and the Symbian Developer Community.

"Having announced Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ in January we are now adding a sister phone that includes a QWERTY keyboard along with the touch screen for a superior messaging and entertainment experience," said Daniel Sandblom Marketing Business Manager, Sony Ericsson. "Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro meets the increased consumer demand for QWERTY devices without compromising on any entertainment features."

Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro features the new design philosophy 'human curvature', which will become a consistent feature of the Sony Ericsson portfolio going forward. Designed to mirror the shape of the human body, and at the same time delivering a precise and compelling way of interacting with the phone, Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro is instantly recognisable.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro

  • Full slide-out keyboard for faster typing

  • Stay in touch through email, Twitter™, Facebook™, blogging and chat

  • View everything on the 3.2" 16:9 wide touchscreen

  • Capture the action in HD resolution – upload to YouTube via Wi-Fi™

  • PlayNow – immediate online access to applications, games and music.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro supports UMTS HSPA 900/2100 and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100 and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro will be available in selected markets from Q2 in the colours Black and White.

Sony Ericsson is also unveiling the Hi-Fi Stereo Headset MH710. Enjoy best-in-class clear audio while on the move and handle music and calls with just one touch.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro
5.1 megapixel camera
4x digital zoom
Auto focus (photos)
Continuous auto focus (video)
Face detection (photos)
Geo tagging
Image stabiliser
Photo light
Send to web
Smile detection
Touch capture
Video light
Video recording (720p HD recording)

Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)

Google™ search (from standby)
Web feeds
WebKit web browser

Vibrating alert
Video calling (main camera)

Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)

Auto rotate
Full slide-out keyboard
Picture wallpaper
Symbian OS™

3D games
Facebook™ application
FM radio
Twitter™ application
Video streaming
Video viewing

Alarm clock
Document readers
Flight mode
Phone book

Location-based services
Google Maps™
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation

3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth™ technology
DLNA Certified™ (photos and audio)
Micro USB connector
PictBridge printing
TV out (VGA resolution)
USB mass storage
USB support

Preloaded applications
Facebook™ – social networking
Google Maps™ – navigation
QuickOffice – Microsoft® Office viewer (trial version)
PDF Viewer (trial version)
Road Sync – synchronisation
SMS Preview – messaging app
Twitter – social networking
YouTube™ – video sharing
Wisepilot™ – navigation
World Mate – clock and weather app
Rally Master Pro

16:9 nHD touchscreen (TFT)
16,777,216 colour
3.2 inches
360 x 640 pixels

Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro
stereo portable handsfree
8 GB microSD™ card
micro USB cable for charging and file transfer
Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600
Hi-Fi Stereo Headset MH710

Size: 109 x 52 x 15 mm
Weight: 117 grams
Phone memory: Up to 75 MB
Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
Memory card included: 8 GB microSD™ card
Operating system: Symbian™ S60 5th edition Processor: 720 MHz
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 12 hrs 30 min
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 10 min
Standby time UMTS: Up to 440 hrs
Video call time: Up to 2 hrs 30 min

Availability and versions
UMTS HSPA 900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Available in selected markets from Q2 2010