It's essentially a portable Web browser, but it comes equipped with IM clients for services such as Skype, Google Talk and AIM. You're also able to make Skype-to-Skype calls over Wi-Fi, and even take advantage of cheap Skype Out calls to landlines around the world.
It's got a large colour touch-screen, a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, built-in 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Adobe Flash video support for YouTube playback, 1.3-megapixel camera, RSS feed management, a Facebook app for live notifications of friend updates and various other tools for social networking bliss.
Inside is 1GB of internal memory, expandable to a maximum of 8GB with a Sony Memory Stick Duo. It'll play MP3, AAC, protected and unprotected WMA and ATRAC audio files, plus MPEG-4 video content that can be transfered on to the device from a USB connection to a PC. There's no mention of whether SonicStage is required, but we're guessing it is, sadly.
An internal lithium-ion battery will keep the mylo pumping music for about 20 hours, video for about six. How long it'll last when browsing the Web is unknown, but with Wi-Fi enabled we'd guess around four hours or so.
There's no mention of a specific UK release date, but it'll be out in the US later this month for $300 (£150). With portable Web browsing much more popular in 2008 as it was in 2006, and with products such as the iPhone, the iPod touch and the Archos 605 Wi-Fi making the general public more aware of how the Web can be enjoyed on-the-go, the new Sony mylo may stand more of a chance of success than it has done in previous years. We'll be watching closely. -Nate Lanxon