Asus P565 – I feel the need, the need for speed

Asus P565   I feel the need, the need for speed The fastest PDA in the world ? Is it the one that flew out of the car window when I crashed on the motorway some months ago ? No, we’re actually talking about processor speed and it’s this – the Asus P565.

Announced in Taipai this puppy has a Marvell TavorP 800Mhz CPU powering Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro. It’s also got GPS, a 3 megapixel camera (plus a lower-resolution one up front for video calls), 1300 mAh battery, 256 MB Flash, 128 MB RAM, microSD (HC) support and WiFi. Network connectivity is tri-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and UMTS / 3G (2100) plus HSDPA up to 3.6Mbps. Asus, like a lot of other handset manufacturers, have added their own navigation system. This one is called “Glide” and it’ll let you switch between tasks easily using your finger. There’s more info on the GUI here – it’ll do zooming, selecting, scrolling and flipping plus you can access news, weather, slideshows and more through their “Multi-Home” launcher.

Alas, there’s no news on pricing or availability as yet. Read on for the full press release.

Link – Asus P565

ASUS Introduces Fastest Business PDA Phone in the World

800 MHz Processor-equipped ASUS P565 Glides through Resource-intensive Tasks with Effortless Ease and Style

Taipei, Taiwan, November 14, 2008 – ASUS today introduced the ASUS P565, a business PDA phone that boasts an 800 MHz processor—the fastest in the world at the time of this announcement. Featuring ASUS’ latest touch-driven user interface—Glide—the stylish, leather-accented P565 delivers graphics and system performance beyond anything else on the market at present, posting Vsbenchmark scores almost two times that of competing products in its class. This enables the P565 to glide through resource-intensive tasks effortlessly and to handle heavy multitasking exceptionally well—making it ideal for businesspeople who demand uncompromising performance and maximum speed from their productivity tools. Rounding off its impressive feature set is a 2.8″ touchscreen running at a high resolution of 480 x 640 pixels, delivering an unprecedented degree of clarity that does wonders for both personal photographs and spreadsheets.

Gliding to New Heights of Productivity

The ASUS P565 is geared toward the business community. The coupling of an 800 MHz processor and Glide—an innovative touch-responsive user interface exclusive to select ASUS PDA phones—makes for a powerful, productivity-boosting combination. The fast processor renders the P565 particularly amenable to multitasking, while Glide enables users to switch between tasks rapidly with their fingertips. The P565 also comes with a potent suite of business-oriented features and software, including push mail, business card recognition and Microsoft Office Mobile. Other useful applications such as Anytime Launcher and Multi-Home enable users to view their calendars, the times of local and visiting cities, weather reports, online news and much more—all with an intuitive tap, slide or flick of their fingers.

Unprecedented Clarity with High-resolution Touchscreen

The ASUS P565 is equipped with a 2.8″ VGA (480 by 640 pixels) high-resolution touchscreen that delivers unprecedented clarity and brilliance. Photographs look crisper and more true-to-life, while minute details in business documents, such as the individual cells in spreadsheets, are reproduced much more clearly—reducing eye fatigue over periods of prolonged use.

Air of Bespoke Exclusivity

The ASUS P565 is designed to leave a deep and lasting impression. Its battery lid is lined with black synthetic leather, commanding instant respect and attention. The leather contrasts nicely with the P565’s modern, high-gloss face, and lends the phone a natural tactility and evocative appeal that elevates it far above other phones on the market.

About Glide

Glide is a revolutionary touch-responsive user interface that enables users to perform a variety of navigational actions—such as selecting, zooming, scrolling and flipping—easily through simple flicks of their fingers. Incorporated into Glide are also applications that enable users to access a wide range of functions such as looking up the latest news, checking the weather forecast, viewing photo slideshows and listening to music within a few finger taps. These applications, dubbed Multi-Home, Anytime Launcher, EziPhoto, and EziMusic, give the expression “the world at your fingertips” a whole new meaning. For more information on Glide, visit