MiTAC Commits to North America

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MiTAC is possibly best known in the U.S. for making handhelds for other companies. However, it also sells both Pocket PCs and smart phones in Asia under the Mio brand name.

Though some of these have been available in a limited way in the U.S., MiTAC has never showed a strong commitment to this country. Until now.

David Lin, MiTAC’s Senior Product Manager for Mio products, said in an interview this week with PDA Buyer’s Guide that his company is going to launch Mio Technology, a subsidiary dedicated to offering the Mio line of products in North America.

What Mio Models Will Be Available?

One of the stars of this company will be the Mio 168, the first consumer Pocket PC with a built-in GPS receiver (see photo at left).

It runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 300 MHz Intel XScale PXA255 processor. It has 64 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM.

This model includes a 3.5-inch, 65,000-color transflective TFT LCD screen at 240 by 320 pixels. It has an SD/MMC memory card slot that is compatible with SDIO.

Mr. Lin also told PDA Buyer’s Guide that MiTAC will soon introduce the Mio 558 in the U.S. This model offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and it also includes two memory card slots: CompactFlash Type II and SD/MMC. The second slot is SDIO compatible.

The Mio 558 runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs on a 400 MHz PXA263 Intel XScale processor. It has 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of Flash ROM.

Smart Phones, Too

Mio 8390 MiTAC also makes several handsets that run Windows Mobile for Smartphone. Mr. Lin said his company is looking into the possibility of releasing these in the U.S. “We are still evaluating the market demand here and based on feedback we will make an assessment on the best way to release these products,” he said.

One of the models he mentioned is the Mio 8390, which was just announced this week (see picture at right). This uses a clamshell design and a 2.2-inch screen. It runs a 200 MHz processor and includes a VGA camera.

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