December 3, 2007 Sony Ericsson has expanded the company’s P-series smartphone range with the release of the P1i. Building on the feature set of earlier models, the Sony Ericsson P1i supports a range of push corporate and consumer email, is WLAN and VoIP enabled and supports connectivity via hi-speed 3G and WiFi. Designed as a complete mobile office solution with its compact size and multimedia capabilities, the P1i is powered by the Symbian operating system (v9.1) and UIQ 3.1, an open platform based on Symbian OS v9.2.

Offering support for a broad range of push email services including Exchange ActiveSync and Blackberry Connect the P1i allows for remote wiping of email and PIM data in case the phone is stolen or misplaced. Email and data downloads are via 3G and integrated WiFi with web surfing handled by the included Opera Web Browser that displays pages in horizontal or vertical, wide screen aspect.

Navigation is controlled through the phone’s scroll wheel and reading and editing of Microsoft Word and viewing PowerPoint, Adobe or Excel documents is possible using the full QWERTY keyboard, handwriting recognition or touchscreen. Although the P1i is 25% smaller than the Sony Ericsson P910, the touchscreen has been increased from 2.4” to a 2.6” 240 x 320 pixel QVGA display that has been designed to be seen and used even in bright environments thanks to the Transflective Display. The device also features a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus that can also be used to take a close-up shot of a business card and the contact details on the card are then transferred directly into the phone’s phonebook thanks to the P1i’s business card scanner.

While the P1i has all the bells and whistle to make it an attractive business tool the Sony Ericsson P1i also has plenty of functions to keep users entertained after clocking off. Music and video stored on the phone’s internal 160 MB memory or the included 1GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) can be played using the phone’s music and video player, while users can stay up to date via the on-board FM Radio or thanks to streaming mobile TV.

The Sony Ericsson P1i is available for around USD$600 in Vinyl Black.

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