Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Android phone announced

by XB on 21/04/2011

in Android, Walkman


Sony Ericsson W8 WalkmanSony Ericsson has revealed the W8 Walkman Android handset in a low-key announcement. The phone has appeared in the product section on Sony Ericsson’s with no attached press release. From what we can tell the handset appears to rebadged Xperia X8 with Walkman branding, although it does come with a MH 410 stereo headset.

It comes with the same four-corner shortcut UI as the Xperia X10 mini and X8 smartphones and has quick and easy to access playlists. Like the Xperia X8, the W8 comes with a 3-inch display and features a 3.2MP camera and 3.5mm headphone jack. Also, like the X8 the handset only comes with Android 2.1 Éclair (rather than v2.3.2 Gingerbread seen on recently released handsets).

The phone will be available in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam from Q2 2011 in three different colours (Azur, Metallic Red and the iconic Walkman Orange).

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman

  • Bob

    Looks quite nice, but 2.1 means it must be a budget phone, or hopefully a 2.3 update once the X10 mini successor comes out

  • W00t Junk

    2.1, seriously?

  • Pongscript

    can we use the back cover with x8, if equalizer is not present on its music player. its much better to keep or buy the x8 instead since the walkman branding might increase the price. but having black front is a nice addition. but it is much better to wait for that x10 mini pro predecessor…

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  • http://ohdenny.co.cc/ ohdenny

    Seems like this is a cheap phone and by looking at where they are releasing it, seems likely. So 2.1 shouldn’t be a big deal. If it was a high end phone, I’d be up in arms.

  • http://www.rubensun.com Ruben Sun

    software better be incredible. rebadging the x8 as a walkman phone is silly. Just sell back covers with the walkman logo on it…

    or how about licensing or white labeling double twist. Co-branding it with Walkman, take a cut of app revenue.
    Just seems silly to push another SKU with no deep value differentiation.

  • ROB

    SE does not learn from their mistakes. The Walkman brand died for a reason. Instead of making a cheap remake version of the x8, SE should have used the Walkman software in ALL of their smartphones. Making their music experience a reason to purchase a Arc, neo, and play etc. The fact that is comes with 2.1 is extremely disappointing. I wont be surprised if those rumors of SE being up for sale are true, because they have completely lost touch with the market.

    Stop making single feature phones and put the Walkman software in ALL of the smartphones! SE do something that makes sense for once!

  • Mismis

    ROCKS , i like walkman phones from SE ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Escamilla/527868517 Daniel Escamilla

    what a shame. The Walkman line could be so much better.

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  • http://www.techdeville.com Danial Arshad Khan

    It’s fat. Me no like.

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  • Anonymous

    I was so much looking forward for this phone! What a huge disappointment! I don’t know why S/E don’t realize that if they did take good care of their walkman and cybershot series they would earn gold!

    Both walkman & cybershot phones made s/e shine compared to other regular phones. Why Sony why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Kumar/1818226612 Sam Kumar

    It’s just a cheap phone for countries who can’t/don’t want higher end phones, so I think it’s a good idea

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  • Garoo

    It’s a nice phone. Not bad. It may not be ground breaking but then even iPhone has been the same since the i Phone 1 with only minor changes here and there for every version. In fact i feel it is really a good news for Walkman fans who wanted the flexibility of Android and the splendid music output of Walkman.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637400081 Datu Usman

    Has your love for Sony Ericsson phones faded Bashar? I got the ARC and you were right, it has turned out to be an incredible phone! :)

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  • Anonymous

    loool :D

    I’m glad your satisfied bro, I told you trust me ;)

    Cheers!

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  • http://twitter.com/Xminicyanogen xperiaminicyanogen

    Wanna bet that no matter how awesome the walkman software would be that it will be ported to other android phones in no times

  • Magic-ability

    SE Has another Walkman Phone , is rumoured to Be XPERIA W15,
    Here is picture: http://goo.gl/Kr7Re
    Hopefully , it well be Super smart phone & with 2.3.2 :-):-),
    Just hoping with no Hope,

  • http://www.yashmaheshwari.com Yash Maheshwari

    Android 2.1 guys, Seriously?
    I hope people don’t fall for your Walkman branding & buy this phone to enjoy the Android experience.

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  • Wfaddah

    Wait, little bird told me how a w10 looks like… God i wish you guys knew what i know lol

  • Alimas

    hmm just xperia x8 with walkman brand on it? i reckon walkman brand ought to be used for high end handsets. this just deteriorates the image of the brand (altho walkman brand is just like nothing in iPod era).

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  • Sophie Morgan

    The handset just looking awesome and features are really stunning…i am really waiting eagerly for its launch but can you please suggest me few of the portals where i can better deals for such gadgets..while searching i found out directphoneshop.co.uk …is it Worth buying from there ?

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    I liked.

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  • Steve

    I had a feeling this phone would end up being another paperweight in a box. Why do SE degrade and disregard the walkman line so much. They are know for their sound quality, yet the W line gets the least attention. 2.1, the 3-inch screen and 3.2mp camera are also insulting; and with a plethora of apps to your disposal these days, i’m very suprised that they would take this risk because the ‘W’ part of the phone is really just an app. An app that is much better sought after elsewhere in the market.

  • http://cellhut.com Ericcmurphy10

    I love its camera quality

  • SimonL

    Hey if you guys want a cheaper w8 you just buy a x8 and use Sony Ericsson update service and install w8 software and youre done :)

  • Shahten

    from where to download w8 software????plz reply on  shahten@rocketmail.com

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  • sefan

    se is really stupid. they launch a walkman branded phone with no equalisers and absolute no information on audio enhancements like mega bass, etc. why wud someone but this copy cat of x8 when even the cheapest of music phones in the market have custom eqs nowadays.  the walkman may be a brand but audiophiles are no fools like se if u say nothing about sound quality ans intend to sell a music phone. heh heh  spiro was bad, yendo no good either, so guys don’t be surprised. 

  • Sushil_terenaam

    awesome

  • Idi_boyz

    hello..how to make video call from this phone? can anyone teach me….

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.boyz Mohamed Shahidi

    hello..how can i make a video call using this phone?? can show to me

  • kaye

    yea! this was my first time to have a SE, I’m really disappointed am looking forward of the good and quality music player but I’ve got this so basic music player… I regret for having this… it’s a waste! even its camera, it has only four presets for the photos! really annoying!!! 

  • kaye

    yea! this was my first time to have a SE, I’m really disappointed am looking forward of the good and quality music player but I’ve got this so basic music player… I regret for having this… it’s a waste! even its camera, it has only four presets for the photos! really annoying!!! 

  • Pintu_dganjawala

    nice phone … but walkman is soso not upgradable android version to 2.2 or 2.3
    very low internal memory
    no support installl apps on sd card…
    bettry gets low very fast on all android phone,,,… bt over all nice phone…

  • Anonymous

    This Sony Ericson W8 looks impressive and features are really impressive … I’m really looking forward to his release, but can you please suggest me some websites where I can best offers for gadgets .. while searching I found themobilestore … worth buying from there?

  • Vjptlpatel

    dude u can download app n games for w8 from (android freewar   and   http://www.umnet.com) i got it its relly toooo good

  • Stirkes1991

    how to setting mms ?

  • Dfihdsfsdhfkjdsfj

    RM799

  • Aaronjoshua99

    absoluetly right…
    sony music phones are useless now!!!!!

  • http://www.saholic.com/ Tarita k

    Sony Ericsson W8 is a great entertaining phone for music lovers with a Walkman player, TrackID music recognition, and PlayNow app for downloading music.
    http://www.saholic.com/mobile-phones/sony-ericsson-w8-walkman-e16i-1001688

  • Arthur Temblique

    can i transfer my downloaded application to my memory card??
     

  • Mozart57_10

    download power amp and hear the nice sounds.

  • MATHAN1994

    WASTE OF MONEY IN W8 NOTHING SPECIFY IN THIS TOTAL WASTE

  • Seanboey

    Why should there be W8 if X8 is still having the same specs and just minor changes on the software with walkman logo. Morever the walkman features wasn’t that good comparing to other mobile music player. Don’t waste money on W8 over cheaper X8.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Syed-Azhar/100001261742812 Syed Azhar

    but there is no flash light in this mobile!!!!!

  • Rash

    hey guys what abt SE WT18i??? looks promising …though dint like the design .. but android wth walkman !! not that bad!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/adavidp A David Prashanth

    Hey you all who hate Sony Ericsson’s W8!  This is the first(Basic)Android Walkman Phone. When they open a door,
    they close one. Think for a second. If Sony Ericsson had kept things
    like Equaliser, Megabass, Clearbass, and photo presets, Video call,
    latest OS, people would have bought this phone instead going for Xperia
    series like Neo, Ray, X10, X8 X10 Mini.,.. Those phones would have been a
    failure. Not only SE, Every Mobile Manufacturers do this. It won’t be
    open but as a secret. It’s every Manufacturer’s Business Tactics. So
    Stop Complaining about this phone. If you like it, buy it! If you don’t,
    then Shut up! You don’t deserve this!

  • Anirban Santra

    This phone is waste of both time as well as money.. its like this phone was developed in early 2008 and never got released due to some reason….. and all of a sudden when SE was loosing market completely it launched this…. they are chopping their own fingers off now a days…. I am never ever gonna buy SE phones from now on…. and i am a guy who started off wtih W800i, Z550i, G502, S312, C510 (Was the best mobo ever), W395, was out of budget for X10 and all and finally landed up with W8, and hopefully now SE R.I.P.

  • Gomathisuryaa

    for you this s too much

  • Sujitk009

    Plzz tell me hw to download power amplifier

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  • Abbas Mustaan

    Go to android market,search for ‘power amp’. Download that.
    Also u can get it through Google search

  • Abba Mustaan

    spiro was only a music phone. it had surprising good sound. but it had nothing without audio. yendo also.
    w8 is good. use it, feel it, hear it, then comment. use different players like power amp, now mega bass becomes less useful, normal players are so strong…

  • Astaroth Naberious

    Sounds like a racist indeed. I can even guess from what country are you from so please stop those nonsense comments

  • Azbhy_88

    shut up.. .  W8 is a nice phone for smart people, , its not for a stupid people ike u

  • Azbhy_88

    shut up.. .  W8 is a nice phone for smart people, , its not for a stupid people ike u

  • Azbhy_88

    shut up.. .  W8 is a nice phone for smart people, , its not for a stupid people ike u

  • billy

    I think it is, if you root it’s firmware..

  • Mark

    fuck you!

  • david

    Disappointed with this phone.

  • Saju

    i am absolutely disappointed buying a w8 model phone in which equaliser function is absent

  • Saju

    i am absolutely disappointed buying a w8 model phone in which equaliser function is absent

  • Fernando_villa98

    hey bangla..you are black like hindus..ihate hindus or paria..or all about of india…

  • Fernando_villa98

    i hate A David Prashanth because  bangla..you are black like hindus..i hate hindus or paria..or all about of india…

  • http://www.yuliang11.net/ yuliang11

    It seems lacks of specifications and functions compared to other phones, I wonder how much does it cost 

  • Hitesh Agrawal

    awewsome phone
    nd by some research over root nd rom i have updated it to 2.3
    cheers:)

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  • Wahidul

    how did u upgrade it???

  • Pavitra14 2011

    U SON OF BITCH( Fernando_villa98 )

  • Jayanth

    it would have been nice if Walkman w8 supported higher version of andriod

  • Sarveshpietersen

    even samsung y is giving android 2.3.5 which is around 7k and this phone which costs around 10-11k as nly eclair android 2.1 please atleast update to froyo 2.2

  • SE

    I only have one problem with this phone: Speakers for calling aren’t worker. I have to REALLY turn on ‘the’ speaker to hear the other party!

  • Asd

    HEY HOW DID YOU UPGRADE

  • Sunil

    hai friends i need one help..
    i am using W8 from last 2month now i am facing some problem… regard low phone memory i cant possibal to move the application to SD card so pls help me

  • Sunil

    ya i am alo think that waht… more then that it so good mobile… and i need one help can u pls in my mobile always showing less phone memory… so what i want to do for move the application to SD card… that what iam facing problem can help me pls….

  • Fire_finger82

    Who cant help me how to set and use android market x8

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for a great Review

    Sony Experia Arc

  • santy

    waste phone guys
    it can not be updated
    plz dont buy

  • Eswar Sandeep2

    fuck u

  • Guy

    The battery life is not good want to charge between half the day

  • Julius Buma-at

    I’m happy for this phone.  It has everything I need facebook, tweeter,  google maps, and a decent sound mp3 player than my Nokia.  The only bummer is the 3.2MP camera which has no focus.  But anyway the picture quality is nice for its price range and the software is quite responsive.  I’m contented with this phone.

  • Julius Buma-at

    I have this phone and I tested it against Iphone.  This phone can last up to 2.75 hours of continuous use of wifi (facebook/youtube/downloading apps), text/call and playing music while the Iphone 4G can only last 1.5 hours with the same amount of usage.  Iphone is a waste of money than this one.

  • Vinay_iiht44

    u fucker. go to hell

  • Cruiseoftheterminator

    fuck u or ur racism……….u asshole

  • AKHIL

    Fuck u … u mother fucker india’s pepole is greter then you .. 

  • Iliyas Ahmed44

    ya i am alo think that waht… more then that it so good mobile… and i need one help can u pls in my mobile always showing less phone memory… so what i want to do for move the application to SD card… that what iam facing problem can help me pls…friend plz help me if u know about it iam facing prblem for phone memory

  • iliyas

    please mail me on iliyas.ahmed44@gmail.com

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    Absolutely amazing pictures! I’m a huge fan of cell phone accessories and I always like to add some style to my gadgets. Would definitely be checking these phones out on the weekend.

  • http://twitter.com/werevertumorra Otoniel

    cuanto baila???

  • Khairuddin

    this handset is not succesful because it mostly does not support any software and it is going tophone memory not in memory card

  • Khair78652

     There is one problem u caanot installed athe pplication in memory card

  • Javed

    no real cost  of w8  no any fetchers i break my w8 after purchasing  very bad is w8 loss loss & loss   

  • http://www.facebook.com/spiedyboy19 Sameer Sharma

     really yarrrrrrr meee tooooo

  • http://www.facebook.com/spiedyboy19 Sameer Sharma

     ifff u hate thn fck offf u ass hole

  • http://www.facebook.com/spiedyboy19 Sameer Sharma

     U SON OF BITCH( Fernando_villa98

    ) u r correct broooo mthr fckr ass hole he izzzzz

  • Fredricjowash

    hey buddy try other music player like tt etc. i think you guys are not searching this in application. try it and comment.

  • Manu

    If w8 have 2.3 ginger version

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  • Starsibi

    download power amp and u can see it

  • joshua

    sir, what will i do if the youtube is not responding?
    and it says no internet acces.

  • Prabathpremathilaka

    please help… help….  i hope to buy w8 phone….i want to know your experience………how is it….what are the problems……advantages…my nail is      prabathpremathilaka@gmail.com

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  • http://www.risedream.com/blog/ Usman Khan

    Well it was a good effort but in the end i guess Smartphones performed much better. This phone is good but not the best.

  • Nama Saya

    why u hate bangla… They are all good…

  • CibaiFuckingNoob

    I also hate u fernados todes villa villa lavi babun masam

  • Fernando_villa98

    U stupid lapsap team… rubbis not good for our

  • Fernando_villa98

    u fernodod stupid just like rubbish ass hole hole

  • Fernando_villa98

    You noob… Better u shut up

  • Fernando_villa98

    U noob u shut up

  • Fernando_villa98

    Fuck you

  • Fernando_villa98

    No no no lalalalalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Fernando_villa98

    u stupid

  • http://www.facebook.com/binsanands Binsanand Sivalayam

    In recovery mode i formatted data, system. then accidently i pressed reboot button , now w8 is not rebooting. just showing that sony ericsson letters.
    Kindly help me to get rid of this..

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