The online store PROPortable is now taking pre-orders for one of the most highly anticipated Pocket PCs of this year, the Wi-Fi version of the ASUS MyPal A730. PROPortable is the largest retailer of ASUS handhelds in the U.S.
The A730w will have a VGA screen, two kinds of wireless networking, and dual memory card slots.
PROPortable is pricing this model at $600, which will makes it $50 less than HP’s iPAQ hx4705, a model with similar features.
Unfortunately, the release date for the A730w has slipped again. Justin O’Dea of PROPortable says this model is now expected to be available at the end of October, but it’s possible that the release could be even later than that.
This online store is also taking pro-orders for the Bluetooth-only version of this model, which is expected to be available at the end of September.
Pre-orders can be placed on the PROPortable web site.
More about the MyPal A730
It will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, so users will be able to easily switch between portrait and landscape modes. This handheld will include 128 MB of RAM and a 520 MHz processor.
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 be 4.6 inches long, 2.9 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick (117 x 73 x 17 mm). The MyPal A730 will weigh about 6.0 ounces (170 g).
It will include an 1150 mAh battery, which is swappable. ASUS will offer an optional 1800 mAh battery, as well.
The A730 is one of four Pocket PCs with VGA displays and dual slots that will be on the market in the coming months.