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Finally, it turns out that the much-rumored Sony Ericsson Hermione phone is actually the P990. The just-released phone seriously packs it on with both UMTS and WiFi, and comes with a new UIQ3 open software platform that's based on the Symbian OS. And if that doesn't have you drooling, it also has a 2.8-inch QVGA TFT touch-screen display, a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus and digital zoom, and a QWERTY keyboard positioned beneath the flip-out keypad. The Opera 8 web browser is included, as well as a VPN client, and a trial version of a virus scan package (I guess those cellphone viruses must be making an impact). You can also multi-task on this thing; surf the Internet while talking on the phone, for example (via a headset, we presume). It also has the ability to handle all major push email solutions, multimedia messaging, video streaming, and video recording. The phone itself comes packaged with 80MB user free memory and a 64MB Memory Stick, though a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is set to come out at the same time as the phone. As is expected, the size is a little hefty at 4.4 x 2.2 x 1 inches, and weighing in at 155g.

Price is unknown, but will probably depend on the service provider. The phone will be available in Q1 of 2006 in Europe and Asia, along with the 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, while U.S. consumers will probably have to wait a little longer. More photos after the jump.

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

So SE had to get all lawsuity over this? It's a nice looking phone, but come on.

P990 Product Page [Sony Ericsson]
Sony Ericsson announces the P990 [Phoneyworld]
Ladies and gentleman, Hermione is officialy the P990 [Unofficial Club Sony Ericsson]

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