September 11, 2008 ASUS is making a new foray into the world of touch screen-interfacing with the announcement of its ASUS P552w PDA phone. Though its not clear when it will appear or how much it will cost, we do know that the unit packs a 624MHz processor, GPS, a 2.8" touch-screen, in-built camera (though only 2 MP), 3.5G HSDPA, plus Bluetooth and WLAN 802.11b/g connectivity in a tidy 102 x 60.5 x 14.5 mm (4" x 2.4" x 0.57") package weighing 105g (3.7oz). The touch-navigation system, dubbed "Glide", promises simple fingertip access to applications and intuitive control of actions like zooming, scrolling and flipping.
Like the company's other smartphone offerings the ASUS P552w will run on the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and will ship with Google Maps (though it;s not available in the US), photo and music management applications (EziPhoto and EziMusic) and programs designed for common web applications like RSS newsfeeds, YouTube movies and Flickr. One clever spin-off of this is the ASUS SMS Location Link - a feature which lets users at different locations to quickly locate each other by sending SMS messages and receiving a link to relevant info and directions via Google Maps.
While comparisons have already been drawn between the appearance, and the 3D touch interface of the HTC Touch, we'll be interested to see how the P552w shapes up when it hits the market. Read on for specs.
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