Sony Ericsson today said they were bringing to market a new clamshell phone which reportedly combines chic and affordable into one tight little package. The new Z525 (designated Z525a in the United States) is a quad band GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 model which should be available in the second quarter of this year.
The Z525, said Sony Ericsson, comes in a blue/silver combo color. This flip phone has a number of fun personalization features, including colorful interchangeable front and back covers, blue lights around the rim which light up in eight different patterns to match melodies assigned to individual callers and a color external screen which can display callers’ photos which have been taken with the built-in VGA camera.
Other features of the Z525 include Bluetooth support, push-to-talk functionality, video recording, email and web browsing support, speakerphone and a built-in MP3 player which plays MP3 and AAC music files.
“It is an exciting time to be at Sony Ericsson,” said Najmi Jarwala, president, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Inc. (USA), in a statement. â€œThe Z525 is further proof that Sony Ericsson can and will continue to create award-winning mobile devices that lead in design, quality and are easy to use. We are committed to offering a complete portfolio of handsets, PC cards and accessories for North American operators and consumers.”