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Smartphones and handhelds

Sony Ericsson brings cameras, games to handsets

As operators and handset makers alike look to broaden the range of mobile devices on offer, Sony Ericsson this week pulled the wraps off three mobile phones that offer a slew of multimedia capabilities and are set for release in the coming months.

The P800 handset runs the Symbian 7.0 operating system and includes a built-in digital camera and 208x320 colour screen. The P800 is a triband GSM (global system for mobile communications) phone that also supports GPRS (general packet radio service) and the Bluetooth personal area networking technology.

Because of this connectivity and bandwidth capability the P800 has the ability to download and view video clips such as a music video or movie trailer. It also includes an organiser that offers calendar, email, address book and to-do list functions that can be synchronised with a PC — standard smartphone fare. But the P800 also offers a file viewer that supports Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel file formats.

The P800 also includes a web browser that supports HTML, XML and WAP, as well as web pages designed for NTT DoCoMo's i-mode service. The phone also supports J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition).

Perhaps nicest of all, the P800 has a built-in digital camera mounted on the rear that takes pictures that can be viewed on the handset's colour screen, stored in the phone's photo album or sent as an email to a PC or as an MMS (multimedia messaging service) message to another phone.

The P800 will ship sometime in the autumn, Sony Ericsson said. Pricing was not available.

Also set to ship at that time is the Z700 gaming phone, a dual-band GSM/GPRS phone that offers a colour screen, polyphonic sound and two mobile games: Men In Black and Charlie's Angels. The Z700 also offers J2ME support, which will allow mobile gamers to download and install further games and game levels.

In addition, the Z700 includes an email client and a web browser that supports HTML and WAP. The handset also incorporates support for Bluetooth. Pricing was not available.

Last but not least the T206 is a 3G phone that offers a built-in GPS (global positioning system) receiver for emergency and location-based services as well as supporting CDMA2000-1x — essentially the same as the 3G UMTS standard in Europe — that lets users browse the web at speeds up to 153Kbps (kilobits per second), Sony Ericsson said.

The T206 will be available in the later part of this year. Prices have not yet been announced.


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