Sony Ericsson Vivaz

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz (retail name), Kurara (concept name)
Codename Kurara
Manufacturer Sony Ericsson
Compatible networks GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSDPA/HSUPA 900/2100
Availability by Region 5 March 2010
Successor Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions 107 x 51.7 x 12.5 mm
Mass 97 grams
Operating system Symbian OS 9.4 running S60 5th edition
Memory 256 MB
Removable storage Micro SDHC up to 32 GB, 8 GB included
Battery Li-Po 1200 mAh
Data inputs Touchscreen, 3 buttons below screen, Key Lock button, Volume button
Display TFT touchscreen, 16M colors 3.2-inch (81 mm), 360 x 640 pixels
Rear camera 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, auto-focus, LED flash (there is no flash facility with this phone)
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g, DLNA), A-GPS, Bluetooth (v2.0 with A2DP)

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz (U5i) is a smartphone, announced by Sony Ericsson on 21 January 2010.[1] It was released on 5 March 2010 in the color schemes Moon Silver, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue and Venus Ruby.

The phone is compact and has its focus spread to multiple functions, photography, HD video recording, music playback and internet connectivity. The camera is located on the back, together with the LED flashlight. It is not covered by any special slider. The side of the phone features four buttons on one side: one for activating the camera functionality and starting/stopping video recording, one for taking pictures once the camera is enabled, and the remaining two in the form of a rocker for volume control / camera zoom depending on the active mode. The other side has a covered Micro-B USB slot for charging and connecting to a computer.

The front of the phone is dominated by the 3.2-inch (81 mm) resistive touchscreen, with a 360x640 resolution. Below the touchscreen are three buttons, green (left), white (center) and red (right).

Software-wise, the Vivaz uses the Symbian operating system (S60 series 5th Edition). It also uses the PlayNow service, Sony Ericsson's mobile content platform. In addition to the usual GPRS/UMTS/EDGE connectivity, the Vivaz also has Wi-Fi (b and g standards) and Bluetooth.

Since June 2010 the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro (U8i) is also available which is a similar phone to Vivaz, but sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 5-megapixel camera.

The Vivaz and the Sony Ericsson Satio are the last Sony Ericsson phones to run Symbian. After that, all Sony Ericsson smartphones run Android under the Xperia brand.


  • 16:9, 3.2 inch widescreen
  • 8-megapixel camera U8 Vivaz 5.1-megapixel in U8i Vivaz Pro version.
  • U8i Vivaz Pro build in - Fully Function QWERTY keyboard, -
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Scratch-resistant surface, Turn-to-mute and snoozing alarms.
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Symbian S60 5th Edition Operating System
  • Touch navigation


  • Dimensions 107 x 52 x 12.5 mm
  • Weight 97 gm


  • HD TFT resistive touchscreen
  • 16 million colors
  • 360x 640 pixels
  • 3.2 inches



  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Storage: 75 MB
  • Memory card support: up to 32 GB microSD (8 GB card included)


  • aGPS:[2] First time location detection might take longer than usual
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Modem
  • PC Synchronization
  • USB support
  • USB mass storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
  • PictBridge
  • Google Maps
  • TV Out(AV)


  • 8.1 MegaPixel HD
  • Digital Zoom - up to 4x
  • LED Flash
  • Video recording (640x480 @ 30 frame/s, 1280x720 @ 24 frame/s) 720p
  • Geo-Tagging
  • Face detection (Smiling Face Detected)
  • Image stabilisation (Still Image)
  • Video Player MP4/H.264/H.263 player
  • Video Call (Using rear camera)


  • Network 2G : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900,
  • Network 3G : HSDPA 900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100


  • Web Google (Google Talks, Gmail, Google Map, GPS Maps)
  • Web Yahoo (Messenger Chat latest version)
  • Web MSN - Hotmail (Msn messenger Chat)
  • Web browser - WebKit
  • Web feeds


  • Google maps 3.0
  • Wisepilot (30 days Trial)
  • Location


  • Dialed (30 Days)
  • Received (30 Days)
  • Missed ( 30 Days)


  • TrackID
  • Media Server
  • Neo Reader
  • SMS Preview
  • YouTube
  • Record Sound
  • Web Publish
  • Facebook Application
  • Twitter Application


  • 3D games
  • Java
  • Media
  • Radio - FM radio with RDS (Radio Data Systemeaming
  • YouTube
  • HD Games


  • Email
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Instant messaging
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)
  • Conversations


  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating Alert
  • Video calling(Main 8.1 Mega Pixel Camera)


  • Auto rotate
  • Picture wallpaper


  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document editors
  • Document readers
  • Flight mode
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Notes
  • Phone book
  • Touchscreen

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro has a few differences from the Vivaz, such as a downsized 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a larger-size device (109 x 52 x 15 mm, 117g). Other than those differences, both devices are very similar.

See also


  1. ^ Sony Press Announcement
  2. ^ Get The Best Performance Vivaz Support

External links

  • Official website
  • Review @ Engadget
  • Sony Ericsson Vivaz stress test
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