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P800's successor waiting in the wings

Sony Ericsson adds video to P900 phone

Sony Ericsson unveiled its P900 mobile handset at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's (CTIA's) Wireless IT & Entertainment conference yesterday in Las Vegas.

The P900, the successor to the P800, can record video clips, has a built-in memory of up to 48MB compared to 32MB on the P800. Sony has also added support for more colours to the touch screen.

Like the P800, the P900 combines organiser functions with mobile voice and data capability. The P900 supports GSM (global system for mobile communication) in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1900MHz bands as well as GPRS (general packet radio service) data connectivity. It uses version 7.0 of the Symbian operating system and can run downloaded Java games and applications.

Users can shoot video clips with the phone's built-in VGA (video graphics array) camera and insert them into MMS (multimedia message service) messages. Video streamed to the P900 also can be inserted in MMS messages. The P900's Memory Stick Duo slot can accommodate storage cards with capacities as large as 128MB. The device supports Mpeg-4 video compression. Its screen can display 65,536 colours, compared with 4,096 colours on the P800's display.

The P900 features USB, Bluetooth and infrared for local connectivity. It can be synchronised locally and remotely with a PC.

For enterprise use, Sony Ericsson has joined up with numerous software vendors for corporate email and secure access via VPNs (virtual private networks).

"The P900 has a few more features than the P800 but it is an evolution rather than a revolution," said Chris Jones, senior analyst at Canalys.com Ltd.

The P900 will be available in Sony Ericsson's main markets, Europe and Asia, at the end of October, and will be on sale in North America and Latin America from the first quarter of 2004, according to a Sony Ericsson spokeswoman. Pricing will be down to individual operators, but without a contract is likely to be in the region of £300 to £400.

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