Asus Announces WVGA P835 PDA Phone

Images of Asus' P835 surfaced as early as December of last year, but it has taken a few months for Asus itself to come clean about its new powerhouse cellphone. Or as Asus calls it, "PDA phone." The potent P835 is designed with multimedia and Web lovers in mind, bringing with it an eye-popping 3.5 inch touch panel that features a practically unheard of WVGA resolution. That's 800 x 480, on a cellphone!

Additionally, the new Glide interface promises to be the "most innovative, intuitive and interactive mobile user interface available today," though it's really just a skin over the pre-loaded Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. Users will have access to 12-key, half-Qwerty and full-Qwerty virtual keyboard modes, and the Qualcomm 7201A (528MHz) processor should handle most tasks with ease. Other specifications include an 1100mAh battery -- which is good for 6 hours of 3G talk time, 7 hours of 2G talk time and between 300 - 350 hours in standby -- 4GB of internal storage, 288MB of SDRAM, 256MB of ROM, a MicroSDHC expansion slot and 802.11b/g WiFI. There's also Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, USB 2.0 and Assisted GPS built-in, and Opera Mobile is also pre-installed for better browsing.

The five megapixel camera is also rather noteworthy, as is the ability to record video and even engage in video calling. The phone itself supports quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 bands) and up to 7.2Mbps HSUPA mobile data. Best of all, this phone does something many cannot, and that's double as a WiFi access point. All you do is activate the mobile broadband connection and up to 10 nearby devices can tap into that signal via WiFi; no messy cables or short-range Bluetooth pairs are needed.

Asus is being quiet when it comes to pricing and availability, but you can soak in the full specifications list below.

ASUS Raises the Bar for Mobile Web Surfing and Multimedia Enjoyment with P835 WVGA PDA Phone

Taipei, Taiwan, February 27, 2009 – ASUS, a leading producer of innovative handhelds, today launched the P835, a PDA phone that delivers an Internet browsing and multimedia viewing experience without equal. Designed for business-savvy professionals who appreciate a screen as big as their ambitions, the P835 is equipped with a large 3.5” touchscreen that runs at WVGA resolution—offering five times the number of pixels of most phones and delivering the best document, photo, movie and website viewing experience possible. Apart from being able to display more of a webpage onscreen, the P835 boasts features that greatly enrich users’ online experience, including blazing fast HSUPA 7.2Mbps download speeds, a responsive trackball that makes scrolling effortless and Opera Mobile, a user-friendly and full-featured Web browser. It wraps all of its impressive functionality in an elegant touch-optimized interface which is intuitive, interactive and attractive.

Unparalleled Internet Browsing Experience
The ASUS P835 is designed to help users get the most out of the Internet. It is embedded with Opera Mobile, a fast, user-friendly and rich-featured browser that brings a complete Web experience to the P835. Users will be able to perform the full breadth of online tasks—from hopping onto their social networking sites and updating their blogs, to checking email and viewing streaming video. The P835 also enables users to switch between 12-key, half-Qwerty and full-Qwerty virtual keyboard modes, allowing them to choose an input method that best suits their current task. A responsive tracking ball significantly improves scrolling, and the phone’s large 3.5” display ensures every webpage is displayed crisply and vividly.

Crystal Clear 3.5” WVGA Touchscreen
The P835 is equipped with a large 3.5” touchscreen that runs at WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution—offering five times the number of pixels of most phones—thus rendering the P835 capable of delivering unprecedented clarity and screen real estate. Regardless of whether it is used for watching movies in full screen, browsing through photos, perusing documents or surfing the Internet, the P835 will provide visual enjoyment on the mobile platform like never before.

New Glide: The Best Mobile Interface, Now Even Better
The P835 features an updated, streamlined and enhanced iteration of ASUS’ exclusive Glide—the most innovative, intuitive and interactive mobile user interface available today. New Glide has been given a significant facelift over its predecessor, boasting new icons that take the beauty and interactivity of the interface up a notch—making the best even better. Subtle, bold, modern, swanky or sweet—the P835 has a theme that will appeal to everyone.

Doubles as a Wi-Fi Access Point
The P835 has the additional ability to function as a Wi-Fi Access Point. It can share its high-speed HSPA cellular data or Internet connection over Wi-Fi with up to 10 devices, such as laptops or other PDA phones. Connecting devices is a simple affair thanks to the P835’s user-friendly interface, and dropped connections are automatically restored.


Networks HSPA (DL: 7.2Mbps, UL: 2Mbps), UMTS 900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Class 12
Operating System Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional
Color Black
Form factor Bar type
Dimensions 115mm x 59mm x 13.8mm
Weight 148g (with battery)
Standby Time 350hrs with 3G and 300hrs with 2G*
Talk Time 6hrs with 3G and 7hrs with 2G*
Display 3.5” TFT, 65K-color Touchscreen, WVGA (800 x 480 pixels)
Processor Qualcomm 7201A 528MHz
Memory 4GB Internal Storage + 288MB SDRAM + 256MB ROM
Expansion Slot MicroSD with SDHC support
Connectivity WLAN 802.11b+g , USB v2.0, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
WAP Browser HTTP / WAP 1.2.1/2.0
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / MSN / Push Email
Battery 1100mAh Lithium
GPS Yes (AGPS supported)
Business Applications
PIM Word (editor), Excel (editor), PowerPoint (viewer), Adobe Reader, Windows® Live, MSN, Voice Commander** and Push Email (Exchange Server).
Other Features Opera browser, Wi-Fi Access Point, YouTube, Flickr, ASUS Virtual Keyboard, Anytime Launcher, ASUS Today, EziMusic, EziPhoto, Google search and RSS Reader.
Multimedia and Entertainment
Camera 5 Megapixel Auto Focus
Video Record: MPEG4/H.263
Playback: MPEG4/H.264/H.263/WMV
Video Call, Audio/Video Streaming
Picture Format JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Audio Format MP3, WMA, WAV, AMR, AAC and AAC+
Ringtone Polyphonic (MIDI, 128CH), MP3, WMA and WAV
JAVA J2ME (CLDC 1.1 + MIDP2.0)

* Talk and standby time are dependent on the network environment and on phone usage.
** Subject to region availability.
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