Sony Ericsson's Idou may be far from complete, but that didn't stop the company pulling out the limited number of pre-production demo units they had and running through a quick showcase of some of the touchscreen smartphone's features. Headline functionality for the Idou is the 12.1-megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon flash, 3.5-inch VGA-resolution touchscreen and new Symbian Foundation OS; check out our live demo video and full gallery after the cut.
What other details we do know are that the Idou uses a resistive touchscreen, rather than a capactive panel, and has what Sony Ericsson are calling "Turbo 3G", which we're assuming means either HSDPA/HSUPA or EV-DO Rev.A. There's also WiFi and a sliding lens cover, and an onboard suite of photo-editing applications that allow you to tweak shots on-device. The touchscreen is used for spot-focus selection, and of course there's Sony Ericsson's usual Walkman-style media apps with support for the Bluetooth A2DP wireless stereo profile. The Idou microsite is at http://www.sonyericsson.com/idou/.
Still unclear about the Sony Ericsson Idou is internal or external storage; we're assuming the handset will come with both some amount of onboard memory, and a Micro M2 card slot to accommodate all those high-resolution images. Battery details are also unclear, as is the data/charger connector. From our photos it doesn't look as though Sony Ericsson have gone with something standardized, like micro or mini USB.
We're promised a full launch for the Idou - which by then should have a "proper" name, rather than what Sony Ericsson were at pains to point out was a "project name" - over the Summer, with availability in the second half of 2009.