ASUS Reveals Very High-End A730 Pocket PC

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As expected, ASUS is demonstrating the MyPal A730 at the giant CeBIT tradeshow. This is just the second Pocket PC to be announced to include a VGA screen. It will also have multiple forms of wireless networking and dual memory card slots.

MyPal A730 This Pocket PC will have a 480-by-640-pixel (VGA) screen, like the Toshiba e805. This will be a 3.7-inch display, while the e805’s is 4 inches. The A730’s screen will be able to display 18-bit color (256,000 colors).

It will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, so users will be able to easily switch between portrait and landscape modes.

It will use a 520 MHz XScale processor from Intel’s Bulverde series. This handheld will include 128 MB of RAM.

In addition, the A730 will sport a 1.3 megapixel camera, which means it will be able to take pictures as large as 1280 by 960 pixels.

It will have both a CompactFlash Type II slot and an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO.

Though both the MyPal A730 and the e805 have similar specs, the ASUS model will be noticeably smaller. It will be 4.4 inches long, 2.9 inches wide, and .7 inches thick (113 by 73 by 17 mm). It weighs about 6.7 ounces (190 g). For comparison, the e805 is 5.3 by 3.0 by 0.6 inches and weighs 6.8 ounces.

It will include an 1150 mAh battery, which is swappable. ASUS will offer an optional 1800 mAh battery, as well.

This device expected to be available around the middle of this year. Considering its feature set, it will almost certainly be over $500 and quite possibly cost $600.

Thanks to Jacek from msmobiles.com for his help with this article.

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