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Sony Ericsson talks 3G for the UAE market

Sony Ericsson has unveiled the Z1010 its first 3G-enabled handset for the UAE market. With support for both GSM 900/1800 and UMTS and a price tag of US$700, the phone comes 18 months after its global launch in France last year.

Sony Ericsson has unveiled the Z1010 its first 3G-enabled handset for the UAE market. With support for both GSM 900/1800 and UMTS, the phone comes at a price tag of US$700 and 18 months after its global launch at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France last year.

The Z1010’s slimmer than average clamshell design weighs in at a modest 144 grams. Featuring a 5-way navigation key, the Z1010 lets users navigate easily through the graphical menu system with one finger.

The 176x220 pixel display is optimised for video conferencing and video applications. It also features two inbuilt cameras, two displays for video support. Other specs include a large 65,536-colour TFT screen; a VGA stills/QCIF video camera; and a smaller grey-scale screen on the outside of the handset for status information. Sony’s new 3G model offers talk time of up to 3 hours and standby time of up to 450 hours.

To be able to easily move information between the Z1010 and other devices, as well as for memory extension, the phone features a 32 MB Sony Memory Stick Duo technology, a mini peripheral storage device capable of storing pictures, music, applications compatible with many cameras, PCs and other devices, which makes it easy to transfer images, video clips and music files to and from the phone. Users can also sync inboxes with a USB cable.

For wireless transfer, the Z1010 supports both Bluetooth wireless technology, which offers a range of up to 10 metres. Its multitasking capability offers browsing, downloading emails and makes a voice call at the same time.

The General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) feature, enables packet data transfer similar to the internet - 28.8 kbps to 58.6 kbps, while UMTS, a 3G technology standard offers speeds of 384 kbps for data transfer.

The mobile vendor is betting that the region, which has seen the launch of 3G networks, by MTC-Vodafone Bahrain and the UAE’s Etisalat, with Q-Tel due to launch 3G in Qatar in late 2005, will purchase the phone. According to industry estimates 38,500 subscribers are expected to sign up for 3G services by the end of this year.

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