Sony Ericsson is continuing to expand their influence in the unlocked GSM cellphone market with the launch of their latest multimedia beast, the Sony Ericsson W995a Multimedia phone. Following its trip through the FCC’s labs, the Sony Ericsson W995a is now available for pre-order through SonySyle.com and comes unlocked and ready to roam whatever wireless network you so choose (as long as you stay away from CDMA networks). Like Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phones of the past, the W995a is a slider, but it also rocks a highly capable 8.1-megapixel camera outfitted with Cybershot technologies.
Rather than brand the Sony Ericsson W995a as a Cybershot or Walkman phone outright, the new W995a is being touted as a “Multimedia” phone. The Sony Ericsson W995a plays comfortably well on both sides of the fence. On the one side, we have the dedicated music playback controls lining right side of the handset and the large stereo speakers on either end of the device that lend to the W995a’s Walkman ancestry – there’s even an FM radio in there somewhere. On the other side, we have a quality 8.1-megapixel auto-focus camera boasts photo-flash, image stabilization, Face Detection and BestPic technologies, which give the Sony Ericsson W995a the bits to compete with other Cybershot handsets.