Sony Ericsson Vivaz and Vivaz pro hands on

Sony Ericsson has added to its yet to be released Vivaz handset at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with a second model with a built in keyboard and Pocket-lint was on hand at the show to have a quick fondle.

Based on the S60 Symbian OS, the new handset will add a slide out Qwerty keyboard to the proceedings for us an extra 2mm in thickness according to the Swedish company meaning there is little in it between the two.

Pocket-lint was on hands to play with the new model that will feature the same OS and interface as the recently announced Vivaz.

That means users will get a 16:9 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera around the back and an 8GB microSD card in the box.

They will also get the usual array of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity options as well as services like the company's PlayNow application and Google maps pre-loaded as standard. The processor will be of the 720Mhz variety promising a much faster and smoother experience over the Satio however a quick play at the launch doesn't hold out much hope with the device still feeling sluggish and clunky compared to the company's Android based offerings.  

The Vivaz without keyboard is promised for March, while those wanting the ability to type via the slide out Qwerty keyboard will have to wait a little longer with Sony Ericsson claiming a first half of 2010, ie June launch. It will come in either black or white.



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