Sony Eric finally upgrades P910i

Meet the Sony Ericsson P990, an odds-on contender for Stuff's new favourite smartphone (the Nokia 6680 currently holds top spot).Despite keeping the b

Meet the Sony Ericsson P990, an odds-on contender for Stuff's new favourite smartphone (the Nokia 6680 currently holds top spot).

Despite keeping the brick-like dimensions of its predecesor, the phone tickes all our boxes - it's 3G, has Wi-Fi for hooking up to hotspots and features a 2MP camera.

Sony Ericsson's also completely rewritten the UIQ operating system which will allow for genuine multi-tasking - checking traintimes on a web page using the bundled Opera 8 while chatting simultaneously, for example.

Other neat new touches include two cams for video-calling, charging via USB, an FM radio and upgraded sync software for Windows heads. By the time the phone goes on sale early next year, you should even be able to buy a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo to match. You'll get a reasonable 80MB of onboard storage as standard.

Design-wise, the big change is the QWERTY keypad's northwards migration onto the main unit of the phone. On the current P910i it's on the flip and a 'mare to use.

And in other news...

Sony Eric also took the wraps off a new Bluetooth headset this morning. It's called the HBH-7000 and is a no-thrills option with a so-so five hours of talk-time. If you're digging the lime, you'll be able to get yours for a price that's TBA before Christmas.

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