Only a month after releasing its flagship Vivaz handset, Sony Ericsson has upgraded the model with the pro version, which adds a QWERTY keyboard to the touch screen offering for faster for messaging and communicating via email, SMS or social networking updates. The announcement was made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Sony Ericsson says the new version is “just like flagship phone Vivaz, announced in January,” which allows users to produce and broadcast their own HD video. The open platform phone also allows users to personalise their entertainment experience by downloading applications through PlayNow and the Symbian Developer Community.

“We are now adding a sister phone that includes a QWERTY keyboard along with the touch screen for a superior messaging and entertainment experience,” said Daniel Sandblom Marketing Business Manager, Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro features “human curvature”, which the company says is designed to “mirror the shape of the human body, and at the same time deliver a precise and compelling way of interacting with the phone”.

The Vivaz pro features a full slide-out keyboard for faster typing, a 3.2” 16:9 wide touchscreen, the ability to video in HD resolution and upload to YouTube via Wi-Fi, and connectivity to PlayNow for online access to applications, games and music.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro will be available in selected markets from Q2 in black and white.

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