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Sony Ericsson Psion Lookalike To Compete With Dell Streak

Sony Ericsson may be readying a device that looks like a tablet but behaves like a Psion mini computer (remember these?) and could well be a potent rival to both the Dell Streak and perhaps the iPad if properly priced.

A blurry photo from a well known Chinese technology website shows a device that has a hinged slideout QWERTY keyboard of respectable proportions and which reminds us of the Psion Series 5MX Palmtop AND Sony's own range of micro laptops.

The P-series in particular is just a few inches bigger (opens in new tab). Do compare the pictures below.

Engadget (opens in new tab) says that the phone ha a 5.5-inch display (half an inch bigger than the Streak), which will make it too big for your jeans' front pockets but not for the back ones. We sincerely hope that it comes with a higher resolution compared to the Xperia X10 which currently tops the chart with 854x480 pixels.

Sources told the website that the device will be launched in a few months time and that its development is still in its infancy. Good news though is that it runs on Android 2.1 (Eclair) now and therefore Froyo shouldn't be out of question.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.