Sony Ericsson has announced the release of its new W705 Walkman phone, which promises to combine advanced connectivity with the best-in-class audio experience on a mobile device.

Josh Oxspring, head of marketing Oceania, Sony Ericsson, commented on how this new release is going to build on the strong achievements the Walkman made in 2008.

“We’re very proud of what we have achieved in 2008 with our market leading Walkman range. This year you will see us take our mobile entertainment range to the next level,” he said.

One of the key aspects Oxspring mentioned about this new addition to the Walkman range is how they are no longer just focussing on music, but a total mobile experience.

“Combining premium design and best-in-class sound quality with super-fast access to a host of digital content, we really are offering the most feature-rich mobile entertainment experience available today,” said Oxspring.

The W980’s sound quality has been rated as the ‘best audio experience’ in a trial conducted in Germany by TESTfactory, and the W705 features that same technology.

Oxspring also highlighted that the new W705 includes popular features like music recognition application TrackID, SensMe, for matching your mood to the music and Shake control to change tracks by flicking your wrist.

Not to mention the handset is also Wi-Fi and DLNA certified, has a 2.4” screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, and 4GB memory card to store up to 3900 songs.

The Sony Ericsson W705 is available now at a RRP of $649.