There's good news and bad news about Sony Ericsson's upcoming cellular-wireless handheld, the P990.
The good news is that its developer has announced that this UIQ device will support both Microsoft's and Research in Motion's push email systems.
The bad news is that adding these features will bump back the release of the P990 until the second quarter of this year, according to PC World.
Previously Sony Ericsson had said this model would be out before the end of March.
And it isn't just the this one model. The very recently announced M600 will also support these systems.
"Push email" means that as soon as an incoming email arrives on the server, it is pushed out to the device, and the user is immediately notified of it.
This is the secret of the success of Research in Motion's BlackBerry, and the technology that has propelled it to the top of the handheld market.
Not surprisingly, other companies are trying to do the same thing. But the market hasn't settled yet, which is why Nokia is adding support for every push email system possible.
The P990 will be a replacement for the P910. It will have the same general shape as its predecessor, but will include a built-in keyboard beneath a flip-down numberpad
It will run Symbian OS 9.1, and it will also have the new UIQ 3 user interface.
This smartphone will use GSM/GPRS networks, and will also have support for UMTS, giving it a maximum data transfer speed of 384 kilobits per second (kbps).
It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking.
The P990's 2.8-inch color Touchscreen will have a QVGA (240 by 320 pixel) resolution.
Its 2 megapixel camera will feature auto-focus and digital zoom. It will support both images and video.
This device will have 80 MB of internal storage, plus a Memory Stick Duo slot. It will come with a 64 MB card.
This smartphone will be 4.4 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, and 1.0 inch thick (114 mm by 57 mm by 26 mm).
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