Throwback Review 4 – Sony Ericsson Z1010 and 3G UMTS Prototype

by XB on 16th March 2014

in Featured Content, Reviews, Videos


Sony Ericsson Z1010 and 3G UMTS PrototypeAnnounced at the 3GSM World Congress (now known as Mobile World Congress) in February of 2003, the Z1010 was the first 3G capable handset offered by Sony Ericsson. It would take almost a year for the phone to become available in the market though. There was a simple reason for the delay, however, as no operators were offering 3G to the public at the time.

The “killer application” and hype back then was for video calling. The Sony Ericsson Z1010 was ready to jump onto that bandwagon, as it was equipped with the necessary hardware (2 cameras) and had a nicely configured video call application.

Other stand-out features at the time included expandable storage and the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, which made the Z1010 a good music companion. USB sync connectivity was also included and the secondary display on the outside of the phone eliminated one of the downsides of clamshells, providing the most important information to the user without the need to open the phone. Check out our hands-on tour to see all of these features in our Throwback Review video below.

Sony Ericsson Z1010 and 3G UMTS Prototype

Here are the key features of the Sony Ericsson Z1010:

  • Network: 2G and 3G (2100 band)
  • Dimensions: 98.5 x 54.5 x 29 mm (3.88 x 2.15 x 1.14 in)
  • Weight: 144 g (5.08 oz)
  • Display: 2.2-inch (176 x 220 pixels), TFT, 65k colors, Outside display: 101 x 80 pixels, 4 level grayscale
  • 2 VGA cameras
  • Long Range Bluetooth

As a little extra, we also show you – what we believe to be – an early 3G Ericsson engineering prototype. The design most definitely looks like it was an early version of the Z1010. Unfortunately, the phone won’t turn on (it’s hard to find replacement parts for such rare devices!), but we thought we would give you a quick glance anyway. With that said, let’s move straight over to today’s Throwback Review video, Episode number 4.

Episode 5 of the Throwback Review series will cover the Sony Ericsson K750i and S710i. Stay tuned!

  • Clarence Alvarado

    That bezel! Haha lol.

  • Lunkz

    A Throwback Review of the Sony Ericsson P1i would be nice, I own myself one.

  • Rog

    We”l have the P1i covered later on :)

  • Giannikosmo

    3-Febr-72 :P

  • stenbergs

    Video calls?? I thought Apple invented them in with their FaceTime in 2010. ;-)

    Or at least Steve Jobs thought so. :-P

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  • Nidou

    Motherfuckers… It’s a ? Sony [make.believe] ?

    PERIOD!

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  • Warmgun32

    I have to be honest, I do not miss those charging/everything else ports much, I used to get through so many of them

  • walker

    i very interested about the episode like this ,keep it up ,i’ll waiting for Walkman phone legend reviews ;)

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  • zebastianviden

    My first 3G phone. Sweet memories.

  • johnylim

    *Episode 5 of the Throwback Review series will cover the Sony Ericsson K750i and S710i. Stay tuned!

    —-

    No K700i and S700i ?????

  • Lunkz

    The good old K700i

    Or the beautiful W880i? Or her little sister W890i? I missed the 3,5mm Jack on it, fast-port was horrible to listen music, but the flash background was nice, with the support to show Music information…

  • Truth

    And Sony still using VGA nowdays xD

  • Divya Bharathi

    Very interesting thing I just come across at MyDeals247.com – I could choose any number of items (from the list) at very heavy discount rates (up to 75% off online) – more we buy more discount – I never seen this before.

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