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Sony Ericsson confirms Hermione and Sakura (the followup to the S710) are on their way

Sony Ericsson P1000 Hermione

We hit up a Sony Ericsson product rep at this week's Apple Expo in Paris (yeah, it's not just Apple people in attendance), who with a little prodding confirmed for us a couple of rumors about some of their upcoming 3G phones. No (new) pics, but they did reveal that they're working on a new handset codenamed "Sakura," which will be an update to their swivel-style S700/S710 phone, and that the "Hermione", their much-rumored update of the P910, is most definitely on its way. They were able to confirm that the Hermione will have 3G (we're guessing UMTS), as well as a one or two megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and WiFi ("definitely WiFi"). They also mentioned that the keyboard on the Hermione will not flip down like on the P910, but will be on the phone body itself (true to leaked photos), and that the amount of memory on the Hermione will likely be "in the gigabyte range". The "Sakura" is slated to debut in Europe sometime before the end of this year, with the Hermione to follow in the first half of 2006.

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