CEBIT - Asustek readies Windows Mobile 6 handsets

Asustek plans to soon release two Windows Mobile 6 handsets

Taiwanese electronics maker Asustek Computer plans to release in the months ahead two smartphones based on Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile 6 software.

The M530w, which offers a full QWERTY keyboard, and P526, with its built-in GPS (global positioning system), are on display this week at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany. Both handsts are to be released in June, said an Asustek executive manning the company's booth.

Unveiled in February, Windows Mobile 6 is the next release of Microsoft's software for mobile phones. The software includes several improvements, including a revamped interface meant to more closely resemble Windows Vista, and tighter integration with Microsoft's corporate software products, such as Exchange Server 2007.

In addition to having the improved mobile OS, the M530w has a 2.4-inch screen above a QWERTY keypad, and is clearly meant for business users. The handset's 2-megapixel dues double-duty as a business card reader. The handset can recognize words on the card and import new contacts into the phone.

The P526 has a touchscreen LCD (liquid crystal display) instead of a keyboard, and packs a 2-megapixel camera. But the main feature is its SiRF Technology Inc.'s GPS chip, which works with the handset's navigation pack.

Pricing for the two handsets has not yet been decided.

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