Sony Ericsson "explains" Satio battery discretion

And I believe in the tooth fairy.

Some stories are best left alone but that hasn’t stopped Sony Ericsson (or me) from following up on my original story — Is Sony Ericsson short changing Satio users? — regarding why the company’s flagship Satio smartphone appears to be shipping with a smaller battery than the one in the possession of Anders Westin, Sony Ericsson’s Head of Software Relations, Symbian Software.

On Friday a Sony Ericsson PR rep called (and emailed) to explain that there had been a misunderstanding. Apparently Anders’ Satio does have the same sized battery as the retail version — 1000mAh — but that the “first ’0′ had been scraped half off, so it looked like a ‘3’.”

Ahh, that explains it then.

Although I’m sure I recall Anders saying it was a 1350mAh not a 1300mAh, which would require two numbers to have been defaced. And, as one colleague pointed out, it’s pretty hard to scratch a battery that spends most of its life living under a battery cover. But what do I know?

(Wish me luck next time I request a Sony Ericsson review unit.)

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3 Responses to “Sony Ericsson "explains" Satio battery discretion”

  1. Shaun says:

    Bold post Steve. Thanks for shedding some light on this issue!

    http://thebatterytimes.com/2009/11/03/sony-eric…

  2. silly SE fan says:

    I upgraded my SE K810 to the Satio. and i am shocked to find that the two phones shared the same batteries form factor. to be sure, the K810's is a 950 mAh. but considering Satio's much bigger appetite, you would think 1350 mAh is much more logical. and i went out and pre-ordered the Satio based on the reported 1350. silly me. and how do i get around this? it is now 4:52 PM and my phone is out of juice. i've been listening to music in the previous 1 hour and took 2 snap shots and played around with google maps for 15 minutes. i guess that's not your typical phone use on this not so typical satio. hahaha.

  3. coralie2 says:

    this is my third contreact with 3g …ive got the satio and , the battery is rubbish …and i cant get ANY help from 333, being disabled this was a present to me… my daughter has been told by g3 to go run to all different shops , and in other words , at 3 weeks old this phones battery is absolutely useless…and they cant sell me one , or tell me where to get a decent one..so as a diabled pensioner …im cancelling contract , and to heck with them ……
    disgusted
    coralie spencer