Sony Style taking preorders for the W995a

Got a hankering for a new Sony Ericsson phone, but don’t want to wait for September for the CS8 to come stateside? Well, you’re in luck, because their Sony Style retail site has just started taking preorders for the W995a, a 8-megapixel sharp shooter due to ship next month.

You may know it better as the Hikaru, but never mind the moniker change. After all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and with a feature this rich, you can bet “sweet” is one word we can use for the newly-christened W995. We’re looking at quad-band GSM and triband HSPA, stereo Bluetooth, FM radio, Wi-Fi, the aforementioned 8-megapixel camera, and a solid 2.6 inch screen, all crammed inside a reasonably slim sliding form factor. Oh, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which I’m sure a certain Mr. Kumparak would approve of.

The only downside? It’ll run you $599.99, which isn’t entirely unreasonable considering the feature list and its unlocked status, but with a slew of new phones hitting this summer, you’ve got to decide who deserves your hard-earned dollars. You’ve got plenty of time to think, though – these sliders won’t ship until July 6, so choose wisely.