Alongside two new Xperia devices that Sony Ericsson has revealed this week is the 'txt' messaging phone. While it is in the same family as the txt pro it bears little resemblance and instead of a slideout QWERTY they keyboard is located below the screen Blackberry style. Though it may appear to be a smartphone on the surface it is in fact Android-less but still offers some decent specs which will make it a compelling budget offering.
While it doesn't look like the txt pro on the outside inside the specs are pretty similar with a 3.2mp rear-facing camera and 100MB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. The screen measures 2.6" which sits above a full QWERTY keyboard and a dedicated SMS shortcut button. There's a 'friends' app pre-installed which will allow users to view Twitter and Facebook updates from their top five friends. The 1000mAh battery is expected to last for just over 3hrs of talk time and there is Wi-Fi connectivity allowing users to use the internet through the phone's Obigo Q7 browser.
'Sony Ericsson txt is the perfect phone for easy and fast messaging on the move. We wanted to give consumers that prefer a full view QWERTY keyboard an entry point into the world of Sony Ericsson' said Quenti Cordier, Global Product Marketing Manager for Sony Ericsson.As with the two new Xperia handsets the txt is due to be released in Q3 this year in selected markets. There's no indication yet of how much it will cost except that it will be an affordable entry-level offering. Like the recently announced Walkman Mix and txt pro it's a decent enough device for a feature phone which would be much more appealing if it came with Android installed.