Sony Ericsson unveils the new P990 UMTS Smartphone

You know, I am sure that the Sony Ericsson P990 UMTS Smartphone has some great features and all, but I am not really digging the overall look. Then to be fair, I am only looking at a picture that is being used to highlight it, too.

This will become heavy competition for the HTC Universal, I’m sure because so far, the Universal was the first and only UMTS-enabled PDA. However, today Sony Ericsson emphasized its continued commitment to Symbian OS with the announcement of its next generation smartphone to the global development community. 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 recognizable 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. [Read the rest]