ASUS P505 May Come to the U.S. (Updated)

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ASUS’s upcoming cellular-wireless Pocket PC will be available in the United States if there is sufficient demand for it.

The online store PROPortable, the largest retailer of ASUS handhelds in the U.S., has been in discussions with ASUS to bring the P505 in. In order to do so, though, PROPortable will have to order a large number of units.

If it’s available, this device will cost roughly $700. The retailer would be offering it bundled with service through Cingular, which would drop the price about $100.

ASUS will begin production on the P505 in late January, so they would be available around the end of February.

PROPortable is trying to determine if there is enough demand for the P505 to make this worthwhile. It won’t be taking pre-orders, but those who are interested can contact the retailer by email.

An Overview of the P505

This Pocket PC will run the Phone Edition of Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. It will use a 416 MHz Intel PXA270 processor and have 64 MB of RAM. It will also include an SD/SDIO slot for additional storage.

This is one of a new generation of cellular-wireless Pocket PCs that are smaller than their predecessors. It will be 4.25 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (10.8 cm by 6.0 cm by 2.25 cm). It will weigh 6.0 ounces (170 g).

Because of its small size, the P505 will include a smaller than average QVGA display, just 2.4 inches when measured diagonally.

ASUS P505 It will include a numberpad that can be flipped down to expose the entire screen (see picture at left)

The P505 will be a tri-band (900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS device, with support for wireless voice and data.

It will also have Bluetooth 1.1 for wirelessly connecting to peripherals like headsets.

The P505 will sport a 1.3 megapixel camera.

According to ASUS, its 1050 mAh battery will last for up to 4 hours of talk time, up to 100 hours standby time, or up to 15 hours of Pocket PC use on a single charge.

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