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Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Introduction / Preview
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.

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.

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

    Date Announced 2005, 4Q
    Network Technology UMTS/ GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
    Dimensions (mm) 114 x 57 x 26
    Weight (g) 150
    Available colours Premium Silver
    Screen Size : 240 x 320, Touch-screen
    Screen Color : TFT 262K colors
    Type : Flip
    Navigation Key : 3 way Jog dial
    Other Keys : QWERTY keyboard
    Antenna : Fixed Internal
    Phonebook : Advance
    Internal(MB) : 80
    Expansion : Memory Stick Duo Pro, 64MB included (up to 4 GB), Hot swap
    Battery Type : Li-Pol 1120 mAh
    Stand-by (hrs) : 400
    TalkTime(min) : 540
    Polyphonic : 64-chord polyphonics
    Customization : Download, MIDI, MP3
    MP3 Yes
    FM Radio Yes
    Video Record Yes
    Video Support MPEG-4, 3GP, Real Video
    Audio Support AAC, MP3, AMR, RMF, DLS, Real Audio ,MIDI, WAV, XMF (support flight mode, playlist)
    Voice Support Comand, Dialing, Speaker, Recording
    SMS Yes
    MMS Yes
    EMS Yes
    Email Yes, Push Email
    Instant Messenging Yes
    Bluetooth Yes
    Support 3G Yes
    Data Types / GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots)
    Infrared (IrDA) Yes
    USB Port Yes
    WIFI/WLAN 802.11b
    Data Cable RS-232/serial, USB, Fast port
    Java (J2ME) Yes ,MIDP 2.0, CDLC 1.1, WMA 1.1
    WAP Yes Ver 2.0
    Platform / OS Symbian 9.1 - UIQ 3
    Browser Opera 8.0 (support frames and javascript)
    Predictive Text Entry T9, Handwriting recognition
    PIM Application Contacts, Calendar, To Do, Jotter for notes and sketches, Calculator, Converter, Stop Watch and Timer
    Other Application Word and Excel Editor, MS Office viewers, PDF viewer, Macromedia Flash Lite, Music DJ, Video DJ, VPN client
    Themes Yes
    Caller ID Picture
    ProfileID Yes
    Lens Type CMOS, 2.0 Megapixel
    Digital zoom 5x
    Max. Resolution 1632 x 1024
    Flash Yes
    Night Mode Yes
    Multi Shot Yes
    Extra Features Autofocus, Macro Mode, Photo light, Panorama (1664 x 432),secondary Camera for Video call
    Photo Format JPEG (1632 x 1024, 640 x 480, 160 x 120)
    Video Yes
    Video Format MPEG4 (176 x 144, 128 x 96)