SE Officially Announces The Idou – Is Called Satio

Sony Ericsson has just officially announced the new Satio, a handset that they briefly showed off at the Mobile World Congress this year under the code name ‘Idou’. The touch handset runs on the new Symbian Foundation OS and packs a 12.1 Megapixel Camera with Xenon flash.

Sony Ericsson Satio

The Satio is 112 x 55 x 13.3 mm in size and weighs 126 grams. It packs a 3.5 inch 640 x 360 pixel screen, an AGPS with turn by turn navigation, TV-out, WIFI and the usual S60 5th Edition kit. The device will ship with a 8GB microSD out of the box, while the phone memory is 128MB.

The main highlights of this device remain the 12.1MP camera with its advanced features like Smile and Face Detection along with the Xenon flash and the fact that it will be one of the first devices to run the Symbian Foundation OS. The one major negative that I see on this device is that it doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack and continues to incorporate the same port that you would have seen on its Walkman series. The details about its pricing and battery life are unknown at this point.

The device will come in two network based variants [Satio and Satio(a)] and is expected to ship in October this year. Full specifications and pictures below. Press photos here.

Sony Ericsson Satio
Sony Ericsson Satio

The device will ship in three colors – Black, Silver and Bordeaux.

Sony Ericsson Satio



  • 12.1 megapixel camera
  • Up to 12x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • BestPic™
  • Face detection
  • Geo tagging of photos
  • Image stabilizer
  • Photo feeds
  • Photo fix
  • Send to web
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Smile detection
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Xenon flash


  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™
  • TrackID™


  • WebKit web browser
  • Bookmarks
  • Web feeds


  • Call list
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling


  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Exchange ActiveSync™
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Instant messaging
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)


  • Auto rotate
  • Gesture control
  • Media
  • Picture wallpaper
  • S60 5th edition Symbian™ OS
  • Touchscreen
  • Wallpaper animation


  • HD and 3D games
  • Facebook™ application
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Java
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • YouTube™


  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • Modem
  • PictBridge
  • Synchronisation
  • TV out
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support
  • In-built WiFi™


  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Document readers
  • Document editors
  • Flight mode
  • Notes
  • Tasks

Location-based services

  • A-GPS
  • Google Maps™
  • Turn-by-turn navigation


  • Satio
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • 8GB Memory card
  • USB cable
  • Media manager
  • Colour-matched stereo portable handsfree
  • User guide


  • Video Viewing Stand IM920

Facts and Figures

  • Size: 112 x 55 x 13.3 mm
  • Weight: 126 grams
  • Colours: Black, Silver and Bordeaux
  • Main screen: 16,777,216 colour nHD TFT
  • 16:9 widescreen
  • Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels
  • Size: 3.5 inches
  • Phone memory: 128 MB
  • Memory Card Support: SanDisk microSD™

Availability and versions


  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSDPA 2100


  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
  • Available in selected markets from early Q4 2009.

[Photos via the SEMC Blog]

11 thoughts on “SE Officially Announces The Idou – Is Called Satio”

  1. So its S60? That piques my interest in the phone. Dont generally look up to SE phones. And a microSD slot? The phone seems more like a Nokia than an SE.

    The phone’s aint a looker though.

  2. well i must say the beats nokia n97 when it comes to build quality and camera…it does not look CHEAP like n97..

  3. Vikram, I don’t know about you but the N97 doesn’t feel cheap to me, the metal strip around the phone seems pretty nice. Specially the black one.

    Manojlds, I agree its definitely not a looker. In fact the camera cover is quite an eye sore.

  4. I want it. Any ideas on a price and release date. I’m hoping its not going to be astronomical but it will probably cost allot of spondullies

  5. The only thing I wouldn’t like in this fone is the lense cover. It seems unnecessarily big and easily open in your pocket.

  6. got one of these on vf contract, not used to se so findin it hard to navigate, does anyone know if you can get internet feeds on the home screen like the n97 and any apps exist for it yet, tried the symbian website but its all for nokia/samsung, nothing for se and theyre not compatible, cant believe theres nothing out there.
    any help guys?? would be really grateful.

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