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TECHNOLOGY TRACKER: New handheld is fast and fully connected

1st January 2009 - 15:29 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


With ten days to go before Inflight Online attends the Consumer Electronics Show to look at the latest wireless Internet devices and their place in the air-to-ground connectivity scene, one of the leading manufacturers has launched a smartphone combining multi-band communications with ultra-fast computing.

Taiwan-based ASUS is already leading the ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) charge with its compact, moderately priced Eee. Now it has come up with the P565 smartphone, with an 800MHz processor, describing it as the fastest ever used in this kind of device. This performance compares with the iPhone’s 620MHz and the 528MHz of the HTC Touch HD, and provides “graphics and system performance beyond anything else on the market,” according to ASUS.

In its communicator guise the P565 can support GSM cellular – including HSDPA at 3.6Mbit/sec – and 802.11b/g WiFi.
Other features include ASUS’ own Glide touch-driven user interface, which along with the powerful processor is intended to support multiple simultaneous resource-intensive tasks, delivering the results to a high-resolution 2.8in, 480 x 640-pixel touchscreen.

Built-in applications include push mail, business-card recognition, Microsoft Office Mobile, calendars, weather reports, online news and GPS navigation around more than 200 cities.


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