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Vipera ammodytes
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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:36
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London, October 10, 2005 – Sony Ericsson emphasised its continued commitment to Symbian OS today with the announcement of its next generation smartphone to the global development community. The P990 will be the first commercially available smartphone to adopt the enhanced Symbian OS version 9.1 and UIQ 3 software platform. This flagship UMTS smartphone is Wi-Fi enabled, has a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus and features a new hardware keyboard beneath the flip-down keypad. The phone will start shipping during Q1 of 2006.

The P990 is the next in a line of successful Sony Ericsson smartphones - the P800, P900 and P910 – and is based on the same proven concept and recognisable form factor. All have been popular with users, operators and software developers thanks to their powerful productivity features. Operator feedback and download statistics from the Sony Ericsson Application Shop have shown that consumers, both business and personal, are interested in using their smartphones to the fullest potential. Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) can be as high as 4 to 5 times that of more traditional voice-centric mobiles.

To ensure a large proportion of applications are available on the new Symbian and UIQ software platform when the P990 goes on sale, Sony Ericsson has decided to announce 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,” said Jan Wäreby, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing. “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.”

As with its predecessors, the P990 is designed to be first and foremost a great mobile phone. It also offers 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, anywhere, anytime.

The P990 has multiple text input methods enabling it to support all users’ needs and preferences. Writing e-mails is made easier by the new hardware keyboard positioned beneath the flip-down keypad on the main body of the phone. Reading them is made simpler on the large 2.8 inch QVGA touch screen. Multi tasking – being able to browse the Internet, send and receive files at the same time as talking – is now possible due to the enhanced capabilities of the new software platform.

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 80 MB user free memory. A 64 MB Memory Stick PRO Duo is included in the box, preloaded with a VPN client and trial version of a virus scan package.

The combination of UMTS and WLAN features will also significantly improve the efficiency and flexibility of applications such as e-mail, browsing the Internet/Intranet and video telephony. WLAN, available in hot spots all over the world, acts as a complement to high speed 3G services, enabling widespread access to corporate network services.

Other new features include automatic time zone change to the Calendar diary and updated PC sync software with extended synchronization possibilities. Additionally the 2 Megapixel camera with autofocus, digital zoom, photo light plus the bright TFT screen and video recording provide a high quality imaging experience.

In a separate announcement today, Sony Ericsson Developer World and UIQ Technology outlined their plans to support UIQ 3 developers.

Developers can program in C++ or Java™ to create powerful professional and personal productivity tools for the P990. The smartphone is based on Java Platform 3 (JP-3). It supports four new Java Specification Requests (JSR’s) including Web Services (JSR-172) and is the twentieth phone from Sony Ericsson supporting Mobile Java™ 3D, demonstrating the company’s leadership in this new technology. Standard Java™ applications can be run with either the flip-down keypad open or closed.

The P990 will be commercially available in Q1 2006. The variants will be:
P990i Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa
P990c Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Mainland China. Launch for mainland China dependant on availability of 3G services.
The P990 will be available in 4 hardware keyboard variants: QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY and Russian

The P990 will be demonstrated in booth # 124 at The Smartphone Show 2005 in the ExCeL Centre in London on October 11-12, where Sony Ericsson is headline sponsor. Rikko Sakaguchi, Senior Vice President and Head of Product & Application Planning, gives a keynote presentation.

Technical specifications
Function or feature, P990 support
Operating system - Symbian OS v9.1
Software platform - UIQ v3.0
Size - 114 x 57 x 25
Weight - 155g with battery and flip keyboard
Screen - Large 2.8 inch QVGA (240 x 320) touch screen with 262 k colours that supports landscape view for camera, video imaging and browsing
Interaction - Using touch screen, 3 way Jog Dial and dedicated buttons
WLAN - 802.11b compliant
Bluetooth - Includes car handsfree profile
Infrared - Yes
USB - Yes and charging via USB
UMTS - E-GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900 and UMTS 2100
Application memory - Up to 80 MB user free memory
Camera - Integrated 2 megapixel CommuniCorder 24 bit colour depth, autofocus for still pictures, video clip recording and video calls
Video telephony - Application included which allows video calls and video conferencing via the built-in dual cameras
Media player - Supports playback, streaming and playlists
Activity menu - Customizable top level menu
Upgradeable - Via Sony Ericsson Update Service
FM/RDS radio - Yes
Browser - Opera browser (version supporting frames and javascript
Push email - Prepared for all major e-mail solutions including Research in Motion (Blackberry)
Messaging - SMS, MMS and email
PIM applications - Contacts, Calendar, To Do, Jotter for notes and sketches, Voice memo and Calculator, Converter, Stop Watch and Timer
Viewers - Microsoft Excel. Word, Powerpoint and Adobe PDF
Editors - Microsoft Word and Excel
Themes - Easy personalisation of animated icons, screensavers, wallpapers and skins
Speaker phone - Yes
Memory Stick - Memory Stick PRO Duo slot for up to 4 GB removable memory. 64 MB supplied
Flight mode - Includes option to turn Wi-Fi on
Local and remote synchronisation - via SyncML
Business telephony - Yes
Java™ ME platform support - Both CDC and CLDC environments supported:
JTWI 1.0 (JSR-185) consisting of Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) 1.1 HI (JSR-139), MIDP 2.0 (JSR-118), WMA 1.1 (JSR-120). - PDA Optional Packages (JSR-75), Bluetooth (JSR-82), Wireless Messaging API 2.0 (JSR-205), Web Services (JSR-172), Mobile Media API (JSR-135), Mobile 3D Graphics (JSR-184), Nokia UI API 1.1
Connected Device Configuration (CDC) 1.0 (JSR-36) - Foundation Profile 1.0 (JSR-46), Personal Profile 1.0 (JSR-62),PDA Optional Packages (JSR-75)


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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:40
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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:42
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Any official pictures yet?

Wow... my next smartphone...!!!

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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:46
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Vipera ammodytes
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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:47
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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:49
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Well it looks great but it is at least 3 months too late, a lot of people with the p910i got it a year ago and are going to upgrade soon, end of november for me.
So lets hope the new HTC's are good.
Bye Bye Ericsson its been a fine ride.

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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:53
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I thought it would be alot smaller than P910 but its about same..

114 x 57 x 25 P990
115 x 58 x 26 P910i

Both weigh 155 gram
Arne Anka
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Posted: 2005-10-10 10:57
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If it was "alot" smaller it would be the size of K750 with a small screen, no QYWERT and no WIFI. But it is still "abit" smaller.

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Posted: 2005-10-10 11:00
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Looks soooo much like the N70
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Posted: 2005-10-10 11:01
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Some pics

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Posted: 2005-10-10 11:01
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It looks a very impressive phone but (as an original P800 buyer) I was really hoping for something smaller. I haven't upgraded my p800 because what I've been looking for is something with similar functionality but smaller.

I was hoping the p990 would be the one for me but I doubt it now.

I think I'll wait and see what the new MS 5.0 phones are like and take a decision early next year
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Posted: 2005-10-10 11:05
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not as beautiful as p910i.
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Posted: 2005-10-10 11:06
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yeah... further more UIQ 3 don't support UIQ2.* application more... better wait for the Windows Mobile 5 to compare which one more suitable

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Posted: 2005-10-10 11:07
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Great feature set!!
The 2mp cam looks great!!
But the overall looks could have been better..(imho)

I still love the understated look of the P900/10. mORE BUSINESS LIKE.

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Posted: 2005-10-10 11:11
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This phone is bigger than k750, which means it has more room for a camera... Why only 2MPX when there already are 3MPX phones out there (seen on tv one in a report about a soap opera for mobiles being released in China)?
The phone is big, but somewhere folks at SE had to draw a line between having everything a PDA does and being small... I would love for SE to release a couple of "smartphone" like phones, i.e. not quite as PDA but nevertheless very feature packed, as well as a MINI p series, a little smaller but with pretty much the same stuff in it...

Over all the phone's features are impressive indeed, but it is not the phone for me... I still rather carry a laptop and my k750 around...
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