of last week, ASUSTeK unveiled the new ASUS P526, a 2.5G Windows Mobile 6
Professional smartphone (formerly known as Pocket PC Phone Edition) which
features GPS capabilities and a host of messaging enhancements to allow users to
experience Windows Live with improved stability and speed. By integrating many
popular Windows Live mobile services, the P526 keeps users connected with their
communities and lets them find the information they require quickly and without
hassle. This trendy looking and feature-packed phone also aims to increase
productivity with its business solution applications.
Powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 200 MHz, the P526 features quadband
GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 1.2 (3G and WiFi are left) and an inbuilt SiRF
Star III chip as well as a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos. The P526
includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended through microSD memory
"The P526 is a trendy PDA phone for users who like to keep connected with
their friends and online communities with ease via instant messengers, blog
updates, E-Mails and file transfers," said H C Hung, Head of ASUSTeK's
Handheld Business Unit. "Also, this phone allows users to utilize exclusive
built-in applications like GPS for their business needs - increasing work
"The ASUS P526 offers users a truly integrated device that allows them to
enjoy the freedom of mobility without compromising on their ability to
access the information they need, when they want it," said Jason Lim,
Regional Director for Asia Pacific and Japan, Microsoft's Mobile
Communication Business Division, Microsoft Corp. "The rich productivity and
multimedia capabilities in Windows Mobile 6 delivers a familiar and rich
experience that meets their professional and personal needs while
The GPS function of the ASUS P526 is able to plot a route to direct users to
the right destination. With a user-friendly interface, users can easily program
in the destination and then view directions, the distance traveled, street
addresses, and the time and distance left for the journey. With this handy GPS
function, users will find it easier to navigate in a foreign country and can
even use it for walks.
The P526 also offers a convenient feature with the integrated Windows Mobile
6 Professional Smart Dial feature. Users can automatically pull up contacts when
they start typing a first or last name with the keypad. Using the search bar
located just beneath the current time launches web searches without having to
open the browser - making web searches that much more user-friendly.
The P526's built-in 2 megapixel camera allows users to fully enjoy
true-to-life visuals. Creating and uploading a mobile photo album is also easy
with the P526's built-in 2 megapixel camera. The P526 also provides a full
screen preview that makes it easier to take pictures, and an image editor to
edit these pictures with ease. With quad-band EDGE, users can connect even
faster for better audio/video streaming.
Bundled within the ASUS P526 are exclusive ASUS software and applications
that provide the user with a variety of helpful options. With the ASUS Launcher,
users can enjoy a feature phone-like interface - making it easy to launch
applications or functions.
ASUS's Remote Presenter is a useful application that allows users to control
PowerPoint presentations stored on a notebook or PC via a Bluetooth connection.
Users can even read the footnotes of these presentations as on the P526's LCD
screen as they are presenting.
Planning an international teleconference meeting across three different time
zones is made easy with ASUS's innovative Meeting Planner. This feature helps to
eliminate the hassle of time converting and makes meeting scheduling easier and
more efficient than ever before.
Another useful and innovative feature is the ASUS My Secret function. It
encrypts and protects sensitive documents away from prying eyes when it is
activated. The ASUS Status feature keeps the user up to date with the status of
the device; and the Profile function avoids embarrassing rings during meetings.
The ASUS P526 is definitely the trendy option for PDA users who want powerful
performance coupled with a slim and fashionable outlook.
The P526 is expected to be available within this quarter. An estimated retail
price wasn't given.
Cheers ~ Arne