Sony Ericsson says, “Idou”

Today at MWC (well, technically a day before), Sony Ericsson announced their eventual plans to someday release a potentially great phone.

Sorry for the pessimism, but it’s just sort of odd that they’d showcase a phone they know won’t become available until the second half of this year—probably September-November, if I had to guess.

What’s odder is that the phone wasn’t actually announced, just showcased.  In essence, it’s a concept phone, similar to concept cars that you see at auto shows.  The Idou is an example of something SE could create, but its feature set and physical style may not exactly match whatever phone eventually makes it to the market.

The good news is that the phone looks does look great as it stands now.  It has a 12.1 MP camera with a Xenon flash and a touchscreen, all running atop the next generation of Symbian from the Symbian Foundation.

The codename stands at “Idou,” which is a change from what it used to be, namely, “Kokura.”  Perhaps Kokura was canceled and Idou is the successor to that project.  Either way, the phone certainly looks the part of a great phone, but my concern is what else it does.  What’s the video recording like (now that the Omnia HD has upped the ante considerably and only one SE phone records above QVGA)?  Is there a 3.5mm jack?  Given the fact this is a just a concept device, these questions may not even be relevant, and the final feature set may be completely different.

It’s an interesting tactic—showcasing a concept of a device with a massive spec list far ahead of the competition.  In one way, this is good because now SE will forever go down as the first company to show a 12 MP cameraphone, but to think they’re the only ones is foolish.  Samsung is known to have a 12 MP phone already, though it’s been held back.  LG will follow.  Probably Nokia too some day.  The thing is, the gap between announcement and release of the competitor’s devices will be much shorter than SE’s, and, for example, Samsung’s device may actually be on the market sooner too—just like how the C905 was announced first, but the i8510 was on the market first.

UPDATE: Idou, or whatever phone Idou becomes, will be officially announced (with all the specs made available) before summer.  The release is still set for the second half of 2009.

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