The giant Computex tradeshow is going on now in Taipei, Taiwan, and ASUS has won a Best Choice of Computex award for a Pocket PC that it has not yet officially announced.
Only a few details are currently available about the MyPal A636.
ASUS has revealed that it will have a built-in GPS receiver and come with mapping software. This will make it one of several handhelds with integrated GPS capabilities.
It will also have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking.
Unfortunately, nothing else is known about Pocket PC at this point, and the only picture of it that is available is very small.
ASUS has not revealed exactly when the MyPal A636 will be released; it has only said that it will be launched soon. The price is likewise unknown at this time.
Update: According to a Bargain PDA article, there will be two versions of the MyPal A636, one with 312 MHz Intel XScale processor and a second with a 416 MHz processor. The amount of memory it will have is still not yet known.
It will include a 3.5 inch QVGA screen, an SD slot, and a swappable battery.
The GPS antenna will swivel around from the back on a hinge, which will be located on the right side of this Pocket PC.
A Slightly Odd Situation
Although some people may find it somewhat odd that a product that doesn’t officially exist yet has won an award, this isn’t all that unusual.
Sometimes companies have products that aren’t quite ready to be released when major tradeshows come along. If the products are kept totally secret, the companies have to pass up an opportunity to pick up an award.
Sometimes, however, this leads to situations that are definitely odd, such as Fossil winning a Best of Comdex award in 2002 for the Wrist PDA, a product that wasn’t actually released until 2005.
Thanks to Geekzone for the tip.