It seems there was a ton of excitement surrounding the Sony Ericsson P800 many months ago, but it never was picked up in the by a carrier, even after T-Mobile said they had plans for it. Fast forward to today where Sony Ericsson has released the follow-up that might help Symbian get legs in the PDA world.
The P800 was actually doomed by two things. One, no major carrier decided to carry it in the US. Two, the hardware/software simply was not up to snuff with other products on the market. The 4,096 color screen, limited memory and Memory Stick duo slot that added little flexibility. Sony Ericsson has been smart enough to address most of the problems though and the P900 stands to be a major player in the integrated device world. That is, if you can get over the fact that the operating system is Symbian. To get more info on the deivce, check out this site SE has set up to profile the unit. Also, following is the official press release.
Sony Ericsson Unveils The P900 – A Flagship Multimedia Smartphone
|CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment 2003|
|BOOTH #1133 G, H, K, L|
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 20, 2003–At simultaneous events in Las Vegas and Beijing today, Sony Ericsson unveiled the much-anticipated P900 smartphone. Building on the success of the P800, the P900 is smaller, faster, and easier to use. With significant upgrades such as video recording capability, a 65K color touch screen, and increased memory, the P900 is not only a high-quality mobile phone, but also provides full PDA/organizer functions, as well as a solid gaming experience.
The much-anticipated successor to the P800 has created strong interest for Sony Ericsson’s Symbian-based smartphone offering among application and content developers, corporations and consumers. The wide range of downloadable applications available increase its value for both consumers and carriers, turning the P900 into a device that can do much more than make voice calls The P900 is based on Symbian OS v7.0 and the established UIQ user interface. Symbian is the largest-selling operating system for smartphones.
The inclusion of a video recorder is the most significant addition to the multimedia facilities of the P900. The P900’s VGA camera uses the QCIF picture size with MPEG4 video compression for video clip recording, the standard supported by 3GPP. A P900’s video clip recording can be inserted into MMS messages. In addition, video streamed to the P900 from other sources can also be inserted into MMS messages for the user’s convenience.
The P900 is a QuickShare(TM) product, incorporating the ease-of-use principles that Sony Ericsson first introduced in the T610/T616. QuickShare(TM) has been praised for being one of the smartest ways for mobile imaging. Not only can a picture be taken with only two clicks, it is also easy and intuitive to share pictures between the phone, a PC and other consumer devices – either locally over Bluetooth, Infrared or cable, or across the mobile phone networks with MMS or e-mail.
Viewing images and video on the P900 is simple; the P900 screen has improved color depth, with 65,536 colors compared to 4,096 colors in the P800, and images can be viewed across the full size of the screen and in wide-screen mode. There is a wide range of downloadable JavaTM games for the phone, and included on the CD that comes with the P900 is the very popular racing game V-Rally1, in a 3D edition taking Mobile Gaming to a new level. The Jog Dial(TM) becomes the steering wheel and together with the polyphonic sound, stereo headphones and 3D landscape details, the game play is getting closer to a console-type gaming experience.
The flash memory has been increased from 32 MB to 48 MB ram and this increases the available user memory up to 16 MB. Additional Storage space is available by using Memory Stick Duo. A 32 MB Memory Stick Duo is included with the P900 and Memory Sticks up to 128 MB capacity are supported, which makes it easy to create a music or video library, on several Memory Sticks. Private home videos can be scaled down using Packet Video recorder on a PC so that you can show friends and relatives snapshots from your vacation. The P900 features a complete MP3 music player and also comes with a selection of innovative MP3 ring signals.
The P900 browser supports HTML, WAP and cHTML content types within one single browser. The much praised Opera browser is designed to display practically all Web pages. The Opera browser comes on a CD with the P900 and is also available for download on www.sonyericsson.com. When viewing Internet content through this browser, pages are reformatted to fit inside the screen width and eliminate the need for horizontal scrolling, providing a fast and pleasant mobile browsing experience.
The CD-ROM enclosed with the P900 provides a generous selection of software and applications for productivity, connectivity and entertainment.
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company’s management is based in London, and has 4,000 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support.
For further information, please visit: www.SonyEricsson.com
Any product features, specifications or statements in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual product features, specifications or forward-looking statements are subject to change.
P900 Key Features
— Large TFT Touchscreen with 65K colors
— 5-way Jog Dial for rapid selection of many of the functions
— Office Handsfree (speaker phone) function
— Voice dial, voice answer, and ‘magic word’ activation
— Integrated Digital Camera for still pictures and video clip recording
— Video and audio players (including an MP3 Music Player)
— Multimedia Messaging (MMS), SMS, EMS and E-Mail
— Combined Web and WAP browser
— High speed data communications using GPRS
— Memory Stick(R) Duo(TM) Slot for up to 128 MB removable memory
— Personal Organizer with Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Written and Sound recorder
— Document viewers for E-mail attachments and downloaded files
— Games with widescreen and sound capabilities
— Built-in stylus for Touchscreen operation
— Support for TTY devices
— BluetoothTM, Infrared, and USB connectivity
— PC and remote synchronization (SyncML) Outlook and Lotus v2
— Easy personalization of appearance and tones using Themes
— M-Services & MeT (Mobile electronic Transactions)
— Corporate Telephony
— Flight mode
— Tri-band communication giving international operation (900/1800/1900)
— Symbian OS 7.0 Platform: C++ and JavaTM SDKs