Toshiba made headlines last year by releasing the e805, the first Pocket PC with a 480-by-640-pixel (VGA) screen. A spokesperson for ASUS has recently said that this company will introduce in a few months a new Pocket PC that also has a screen with this resolution.
Emilie Lu, the director of marketing for ASUS France, has given an interview to NetEconomie.com in which she talks about her company’s plans to release the MyPal A730, which will include a VGA screen as well as a built-in digital camera.
This device is going to be available around the end of May or the beginning of June.
This is right about the time that Microsoft is expected to introduce a new version of Windows Mobile that will offer built-in support for VGA screens. Industry experts are expecting several companies to release VGA models at about that time.
Ms. Lu also said this will be a multimedia-centric device, though she gave no other details about it.
According to Justin O’Dea, who owns PROportable, one of the top sellers of ASUS devices in the U.S., the A730 will be quite similar to the MyPal A716, which means it will include both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus an SD slot and a CompactFlash slot. For reference, the A716 is 5.4 inches long, 3.1 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick. It weighs 6.5 ounces. Mr. O’Dea says the A730 will cost roughly $550.