Video calling with the P990

Sony Ericsson hopes regional CIOs will swoon when they see the vendor’s latest smartphone, the P990. The vendor is also promising "all the benefits of 3G" including video calling.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  October 19, 2005

Sony Ericsson’s flagship phone comes packed with the kind of features that should get CIOs purring. It has a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, a 2.8” QVGA touch screen, is Wi-Fi enabled and packs a hardware keyboard beneath the flip-down keypad. The vendor is also promising “all the benefits of UMTS" including video calling, high-bandwidth multi-media downloads and the ability to browse the Internet with full HTML pages. These are viewed in landscape on the new Opera 8 browser. In addition, the P990 is prepared for all major push e-mail clients enabling full e-mail access with attachments. The P990 has multiple text input methods, with writing e-mails designed to be easier thanks to the hardware keyboard. The device is also the first smartphone to adopt the enhanced Symbian OS version 9.1 and UIQ 3 software platform. The P990 follows on from the Sony Ericsson P800, P900 and P910. The P990 will be commercially available in Q106. Sony Ericsson has announced the smartphone well in advance of availability so that developers have time to create and certify as many applications as possible. “The technical prowess of the P990 will be brought to full life by applications from the third party developer community,” says Jan Wäreby, executive vice president and head of sales and marketing at Sony Ericsson. “Demand for applications on the P800, P900 and P910 has been very high. Our smartphones have been recognised as the most advanced and useful on the market, and we want to maintain this reputation with the P990 by ensuring there’s a rich supply of top applications for enterprise, productivity, leisure and gaming when users make their first visit to the Sony Ericsson Application Shop,” he adds. Memory has been extended in order to handle all multi-media downloads and e-mail attachments. Memory Stick PRO Duo up to 4GB will be available in the market at launch and the P990 now has up to 80MB user free memory. A 64MB Memory Stick PRO Duo is included in the box, preloaded with a VPN client and trial version of a virus scan package. Sony Ericsson sees the combination of UMTS and Wi-Fi features significantly improving the efficiency and flexibility of applications such as e-mail, browsing the Internet/Intranet and video telephony. The vendor sees Wi-Fi, available in hot spots all over the world, as a complement to high-speed 3G services, enabling widespread access to corporate network services.

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