MiTAC Previews GPS-Enabled Phone

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Rumors have been going around for a while that MiTAC is preparing to release its first GPS-enabled cellular-wireless handheld.

MiTAC has given the world a glimpse of this device, which it calls the Mio A701.

According to information MiTAC gave The Register, this handheld will run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC on a 520 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor.

Unlike this company’s other GPS-enabled Pocket PCs, the A701’s GPS antenna will not be on a hinge on the back. Instead, this will be internal. It will use the SirfStar III chipset.

MiTAC Mio A701 It will have 192 MB of memory, although at this point it’s not clear how much of this will be ROM and how much will be RAM. There will be an SD/MMC slot on one side for additional storage.

The A701 will have a 2.7 inch, 240-by-320-pixel display. It won’t have a numberpad or a keypad, so all numbers and text will need to be entered through the touchscreen.

This will be a tri-band GSM device with GPRS. It will also sport Bluetooth.

Like most cellular-wireless devices, it will have a 1.3 megapixel camera. There’s been no word so far if there will be a camera-less version.

It is not yet known what carriers will offer this device, or what the price will be.

MiTAC’s formal unveiling of the Mio A701 will be next week.

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