GPS-enabled Asus P527 smartphone fit for travelers

Asus intros several new smartphones to the U.S. market, including the GPS-enabled Asus P527.

Asus P527
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Asus introduced several smartphones for the North American market at CES 2008, including the GPS-enabled Asus P527. In addition to the built-in SiRFIII GPS chip, the device has a preloaded application called Travelog that lets you record and share your travel pictures, routes, and more with your friends and family. There's also a program called Location Carrier that can send your position to others via text message.

Aside from the GPS capabilities, the quadband (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE/GPRS) phone runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition and features a 2-megapixel camera, 128MB Flash/64MB SDRAM, a microSD expansion slot, Windows Live integration, and a business card reader. The P527 has a candybar design and has a 2.6-inch, 65,000-color touch screen and alphanumeric keypad. The Asus P527 should be available this quarter and will cost about $527 unlocked.

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