The CeBIT tradeshow kicks off later this week in Germany. This is the largest tradeshow in the world and it’s easy for product announcements to get lost. Some companies have taken up the practice of pre-announcing some details of the products they intend to debut at CeBIT before the conference starts as a way to keep from getting lost in the crowd.
As a case in point, ASUS has issued a press release listing the products it intends to announce at CeBIT, one of which is the MyPal A730.
Though the full details of this model will have to wait until the formal announcement, this release does give us a fairly complete description of the A730. Also included with the press release is a thumbnail image of the A730 (see picture at left).
This Pocket PC will have a 480-by-640-pixel (VGA) screen, like the Toshiba e805. In addition, it will sport a 1.3 megapixel camera, which means it will be able to take pictures as large at 1280 by 960 pixels.
ASUS says it will use an Intel 520 MHz processor, which means it will have to use a next-generation XScale processor, as that clock speed isn’t available at this time.
The release doesn’t say which operating system the A730 will use, but it is almost certainly going to be the updated version of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC that is expected to be released in the middle of this year. This will include native support for VGA screens and the ability to switch between portrait and landscape mode on the fly.
The press release makes it clear that the A730 will include Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, but there was no mention of Wi-Fi.
Also not mentioned was what memory card slots this device will offer.
This isn’t our first glimpse of this model. Last week, an ASUS executive gave an advance look at it. According to her, it will be available around the end of May or the beginning of June. The delay is caused by the need to wait for the new XScale processors and the updated version of Windows Mobile 2003 to be available.
Like other current and upcoming VGA models, it is expected to cost over $500.
Thanks to msmobiles.com for the tip.