Mio A701 PDA phone to feature integrated GPS

Posted on Friday, August 26 2005 @ 9:16 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Mio has been manufacturing some well PDAs with integrated GPS modules and their next step seems to be a mobile phone! The Mitac Mio A701 will be the first Windows Mobile-based smartphone with GPS.

This device will feature a 520MHz XScale PXA270 processor from Intel together with 192MB of memory. About 64MB of that will be ROM and the phone will run Windows Mobile 5.

It will have a quite large 2.7-inch 240 x 320 pixels display and also a 1.3 megapixel camera. It will feature tri-band GSM support as well as GPRS. There's also Bluetooth 1.2 connectivity and a SD/MMC memory slot to expand the memory of this PDA/phone/GPS/camera combination.

The A701 will use the SirfStar III chipset to provide an integrated GPS receiver. This device will be promoted as a phone with PDA functionality and not the other way round.

However, there seems to be a major drawback that may be a problem for many potential buyers. This phone does not have a keyboard. It has a few buttons for basic functionality but the rest will have to be done with the touchscreen.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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Re: Mio A701 PDA phone to feature integrated GPS
by Anonymous on Monday, September 12 2005 @ 13:02 CEST
Ok that you have to use the touchscreen, but is the A701 equiped with a stylus?
What about the dimensions of this PDA