Sony Ericsson announces Aspen phone powered by Windows Mobile 6.5.3

Sony Ericsson today announced its latest Windows Mobile handset, the Aspen.

Aimed at business users, the Aspen is part of Sony Ericsson's eco-friendly "Greenheart" portfolio which promises to reduce the impact it has on the environment. Sony Ericsson have combined multi-tasking with a touch experience and a real QWERTY keyboard that. Users can organise and adapt panels to change during the day and use Slide View for quick access to common features.

The Aspen will also feature SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 and Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile OS, 6.5.3. Neowin spotted several Windows Mobile 6.5.3 devices at CES 2010 this year. Windows Mobile 6.5.3 includes capacitive touchscreen support, a horizontal tab interface, touch controls throughout the core OS and the ability to drag and drop icons on to the Start Screen.

The timing for Sony Ericsson's announcement indicates we may not see Windows Mobile 7 devices available immediately after Mobile World Congress in two weeks time. Rumours this week hint at Microsoft announcing a "Zune Phone" but the software giant confirmed to Neowin last week that it had no plans to create one.

The Aspen will be available in selected markets from Q2 2010 in the colours Iconic Black and White Silver.

  • 2.4" 240 x 320 pixels screen (QVGA)
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Micro USB connector
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Wi-Fi
  • Size: 117 x 60 x 12.45 mm
  • Weight: 130 grams

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sure i want one....that really look awesome than nokia right..??? it feel more Sony blackberry ??? :)

Anyone know what the font that they use for those words wrapping around into building shapes? Looks like typewriter font.

Nice to see that Sony is actually trying to make great WinMo phones with this one, unlike Moto, who just completely went 'meh' with the entire WinMo platform. I'd like to see Aspen come with more color options though. This could be a nice phone for those that want to text and such.

I'm glad to see more on Windows Mobile. I look forward to seeing what other phones get 6.5.3 (And then of course 7). I think I'll hold off for Windows Mobile 7 though...

As for the phone, it looks alright, but nothing spectacular... I'm kind of partial to touch screens myself... It's preference though. I have a friend that prefers phones like this, so I think both are going to have a market for some time to come...

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Jump to conclusion's much? better format!

looks a lot like Samsung i780, but has a smaller screen than the Samsung. Too bad, they could have increased the size of the screen and decreased the portion below the keyboard to make it more sleek

ConfusedFusion said,
looks a lot like Samsung i780, but has a smaller screen than the Samsung. Too bad, they could have increased the size of the screen and decreased the portion below the keyboard to make it more sleek

I agree.

Sony Ericsson have combined multi-tasking with a touch experience and a real QWERTY keyboard that. Users can organise and adapt panels to change during the day and use Slide View for quick access to common features.
It makes me sad when I see typos like this. Are these even proof-read?

kikumbob said,
It makes me sad when I see typos like this. Are these even proof-read?

At least I am not the only one who noticed this.

What interesting timing, shame the very similar HTC Trophy will likely be announced at MWC and looks better than that.

Sevan said,
Looks interesting, but I much prefer the native look of Windows Mobile versus what Sony has.

It's SPB Mobile Shell on the screenshoot. Since it runs as a Today plug-in I'm sure it's possible to turn it off.

averkiev said,

It's SPB Mobile Shell on the screenshoot. Since it runs as a Today plug-in I'm sure it's possible to turn it off.

It is possible and you can use the new windows mobile homescreen

QVGA is really a step back in this day and age. Fuze does VGA with its 2.4, so I don't know why this can't either.

LAMj said,
QVGA is really a step back in this day and age. Fuze does VGA with its 2.4, so I don't know why this can't either.

That's like saying Nokia making extremely cheap, basic handsets is a step backward. Not all new phones are designed to be top of the range, they are also designed to be affordable.

MaJoR said,
Who cares, 320x240 is TINY dude. There are plenty of cheap phones that have more then that.

yeah..Nokia's new touch phones or E63 or sth

MaJoR said,
Who cares, 320x240 is TINY dude. There are plenty of cheap phones that have more then that.

If people buy it, they will make it. If people don't want crap resolutions and cheap phones, then they won't buy them and they wouldn't get made.

Looks really nice and judging from the screenshot, their custom interface looks both good and easy to use.