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REVEALED: Mitac to enter the Pocket PC Phone Edition market with the first combined GSM/GPS device
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 25.08.05 - 18:30:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 9681x
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According to The Register who got exclusive information, Mitac is going to announce its first Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition device under the Mio-brand next week. But the A701 isn't a Pocket PC Phone Edition only but is expected to be GPS-enabled also which would make it the first Mio Phone Edition with GPS support and the second GSM/GPS device so far.

According to basic specifications The Register has received, the device is based on a 520MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor with 192 MB of memory, of which - The Register reckon - at least 64 MB will be ROM. For sure the A701 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 device:


Other features COULD BE a 2.72 display which, judging by photos, could be QVGA-type. In addition it will includes 1.3 megapixel camera (without photo light) and no keyboard.
The radio is expected to supports tri-band GSM with GPRS (only) and also support Bluetooth 1.2 while there is no word about W-LAN support. Anyway, according to The Register and the photos above, there is a MMC/SD card slot on the side (hopefully SDIO enabled).

The GPS receiver is integrated within the body of the device, so there's no flip up antenna or receiver stub. The A701 uses the SirfStar III chipset.

Well, this is a good looking device and feature-wise really interesting (if it will also includes W-LAN). So far, The Register haven't given any words about the price but until next week it's not that long anymore.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Guardian on 25.08.05 - 19:33:47

Dont you mean the Second GSM/GPS unit to market? I am currently using an HP HW6515 PocketPC Phone with integrated GPS.

This unit has been out in Europe for a while and there are a few to be found in the US with an offical release in the next month or so.

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Posted by Arne Hess on 25.08.05 - 22:32:06

Yes, you are right! Thanks for the hint. Should be read 'first Mio GSM/GPS device'.
I've changed it already.

Posted by farnold on 26.08.05 - 19:53:35

Indeed a great looking device and I don't mind the absence of WiFi when it comes with GPS.

Other features COULD BE a 2.72 display which, judging by photos, could be QVGA-type.

The screen shots look too clear to just be QVGA - or they are pretty good fakes smile

Posted by DmmH on 02.09.05 - 23:58:19

damn, that phone is soooooooooooo sexy

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