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We get the feeling Sony Ericsson is playing their cards close to their chest. Like Nokia, Sony Ericsson announced several new GSM phones a few weeks ago, however since they don't deal in CDMA phones, they had nothing to announce other than a few new Bluetooth headsets. Sony Ericsson promises they're not abandoning the US, which probably means new models for this side of the pond will probably be announced later. All the 2G models announced in March will be available in the US through Sony Ericsson's website. The entry level models they announced back then - the J300 and K300 - could come to US carriers, since an "a" version (supporting the 850/1800/1900 bands) will be available.

Whether it's the deluxe music player and a 2-megapixel auto-focus camera, or the bright orange and white styling, the W800i is catching everyone's attention.

 

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This phone eschews the lines of the K700 and returns to the T637 styling that everyone was so fond of, however it is about the same size and weight as a K700. The Walkman software was not ready yet (this phone isn't due out for a few months), so we can't tell you how good of a music player this phone will actually be. We can tell you that, since it shares the same hardware as the K750, it's going to be a heck of a camera.

 

The biggest difference between the K750 and the W800 - other than the obvious lack of the Walkman music player and bright Sony sport colors - is the shutter cover for the lens. The K750 has a large (but thin) slide cover instead of a small switch activated bit. Size, menus and keys are pretty much the same otherwise.

One look at this phone and you can really see the resemblance to the T637. Sony Ericsson never announced an "a" version of the K700 for the Americas. It will be a real shame if the K750 isn't re-engineered for release here, and an even bigger shame if it never gets EDGE to send all those pretty pictures to your friends at a good speed.

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