updated 11:45 am EST, Fri January 19, 2007
ASUS GPS Handheld and PDA
Taiwan's ASUS today added two GPS units to its navigation range. The S102 (pictured) reinterprets the company's original dedicated mapping system and is made to be used both in-hand as well as in cars: the 3.5-inch touchscreen device is small enough to be carried outside of a car and will run for up to four hours on a lithium-ion battery. It also doubles as a basic media jukebox capable of playing MP3 songs and JPEG photos, either of which is stored along with maps on removable SD cards.
More advanced users now also have the option of the company's new A6x6 PDA. Resisting the trend towards smartphones, ASUS' handheld focuses exclusively on data: while equally ready for GPS, it uses a taller 3.5-inch touchscreen than the S102 and is equipped with both Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi for links to peripherals as well as Internet access. A custom program dubbed Remote Presenter also lets the PDA steer presentations and slideshows through a Bluetooth PC. Music playback is suitably expanded to Windows Media files and is bolstered by support for virtually any Windows Mobile 5 software. Two variations on the device are being revealed today, ASUS says: the A686 is built around a 312MHz Intel Xscale chip and a 128MB flash ROM, while the higher-end A696 boosts its speed to 416MHz and doubles the internal storage.
Pricing for neither the S102 nor the A6x6 has yet to be released. Photos can be found after the jump.
A686 and A696