Sony Ericsson were first to make headlines at this year's Mobile World Congress, and continue to keep us busy previewing a bunch of debuting devices. Our series of quick hands-on sessions ends with a cameraphone. Sony Ericsson C902 is the new Cyber-shot squad member. The C902 designation does break a mold, as all previous Cyber-shot models belonged to the K-series. It's now C for Cyber-shot, nice and easy.
At a first glance, C902 looks like a direct descendant of the Sony Ericson K850, but it will be another handset to inherit the latter.
Sony Ericsson C902 has a surprisingly small 2" 262K-color TFT display of QVGA resolution. When the display is off, it does look like at least a 2.2 incher, but with the lights on the reason for this size is obvious - there are eight touch sensitive camera keys that backlight in blue around the display. More about them is to come later on.
As a camera-centric phone, Sony Ericsson C902 bundles up a 5 megapixel autofocus shooter offering a good range of niceties. Among them are face detection, image and video stabilizer, BestPic, auto-rotate, macro mode, photoflash LED, etc.
The camera itself is rather discrete, slumbering under a trademark sliding top. Once you slide it up, the camera is revealed and you are ready to shoot. The flimsy sliding mechanism (no spring assist or anything) in our beta version of the phone will certainly see improvements before the final version hits the shelves.
The multimedia package includes Media player with the Mega Bass equalizer preset, TV out, FM radio with RDS, TrackID. A 3D Need for Speed game is on top of the regular stuff in the entertainment sector. Bluetooth with A2DP makes sure music can be enjoyed on a wireless stereo headset.
The C902 is a global phone with quad-band GSM /EDGE support. The European version of the phone will also feature HSDPA (3.6 Mbps) for fast data transfers. The versions for America (Sony Ericsson C902a) and China Mainland (Sony Ericsson C902c) lack HSDPA support.
Sony Ericsson C902 has 160MB of internal memory and will feature a M2 memory card slot. C902 is quite compact, at only 10.5 mm thick, yet its full metal body adds to the total weight of 107 g.
Sony Ericsson C902 will be available from Q2 2008 in Swift Black and Luscious Red.