Sony Ericsson today announces the M600 phone and messaging device. This is a fully-specified email tool and mobile phone rolled into an extremely stylish, slim device featuring a touch screen and handwriting recognition. M600 is the second Symbian OS 9.1 and UIQ 3.0 enabled phone in the Sony Ericsson portfolio offering users great customisation opportunities and the ability to buy personal productivity and other applications from the Sony Ericsson Application Shop. New push email applications, remote synchronisation and expandable memory give owners a UMTS phone and email connectivity in a device that easily fits in their pocket - at just 15mm thick, it is one of the slimmest business UMTS devices of its kind available.
"Estimates show that there are approximately 650 million business email users* around the globe, and the demand for true mobile email is growing rapidly," says Jan Wreby, Corporate Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing, Sony Ericsson. "While there are some standalone email messaging devices available, many people will welcome fast and easy messaging tools integrated into their mobile phone. "
The software platform and user interface, make multitasking - for example browsing the Internet whilst making a voice call - a reality. M600 also takes full advantage of its UMTS capabilities with fast and easy email handling (even with large attachments) and high bandwidth multimedia downloads. Document handling offers and PowerPoint, Word and Excel editors and an Adobe PDF viewer.
The ergonomic design of the M600 makes it easy to operate with one hand or two and gives versatile options on how to perform messaging tasks. For example the large dual function keyboard makes for easy messaging input and is also the keypad for number buttons. Reading emails and viewing high quality video and graphics content is made easy with the 3-way Jog Dial and a 2.6 QVGA screen, capable of handling 262K colours.
range of standard and proprietary push email applications enabled for operator customisation are being developed in conjunction with a number of partners. These are:
Ericsson Mobile Office (EMO) (Try and Buy)
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
RIM - BlackBerry Connect
Standard Email - IMAP IDLE working on all standards compliant servers
These companies are developing a range of email solutions to enable access any time, anywhere to private or corporate email accounts.
With so many connectivity possibilities, Sony Ericsson has taken great care to ensure mobile security. McAfee, the powerful anti-virus & firewall software for cellular applications and Pointsec encryption are offered as Try & Buy packages and Certicom VPN client for secure access to corporate networks is offered free of charge.
For such a slim device the M600 has an impressive 80MB onboard memory for storing email attachments and multimedia content. An additional 64MB Memory Stick Micro (M2), which is a new ultra-small recording media designed for highly compact mobile devices, is provided in the box. The M600 is the first Sony Ericsson product to feature this new memory card.
The M600 is available in Granite Black and Crystal White and starts shipping during Q2 2006. The different regional variations of the M600 are:
M600i - Dual Mode UMTS 2100 MHz, GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas
M600c - Dual Mode UMTS 2100 MHz, GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz for Mainland China (Launch for mainland China dependent on availability of 3G services.)
M600 will be available in 4 hardware keyboard variants: QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY and Russian
* Source: In September 2004 Radicati predicted there would be over 6 million global mobile mailboxes by the end of 2005. There is enormous potential for push email services going forward as the current penetration equates to less than 1% of total business email users.
M600 - Features at a glance:
Imaging & Messaging
QVGA 2.6'' display
262K colours TFT
Video playback 30 fps
Online picture sharing
SMS, MMS, POP3 e-mail
Dual function keyboard
Typing corrections and word completion
Media Player (support for MP3, AAC, ACC+, E-AAC+ and m4a)
OMA DRM phase 1
Audio out over system connector
3D games, Java MIDP 2.0
40 Polyphonic ring tones
Dual Mode UMTS 2100 MHz, triple band GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz
Symbian 9.1 and UIQ 3.0
Stereo Bluetooth support
80 MB internal user memory
Expandable Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Full HTML browser Opera 8
PC Tools & Software
USB 2.0 Mass storage, Full speed (12 Mbps)
External antenna connector
Stereo Portable Handsfree and USB cable in box
VPN clients (for free)
Encryption (try & buy apps)
Virus Protection/Firewall ( try & buy apps)
Onboard application shop
PowerPoint, Word and Excel editors
Adobe PDF viewer