Asus launches P552w with Glide interface

24 Oct

We had been hearing about Asus’ new user interface called the Glide for quite some time. Today, the Taiwan-based brand has announced the first Windows Mobile device with it — the P552w. To be frank, it looks kinda similar to HTC’s TouchFlo interface and the P552w too looks like the HTC Touch. But in all fairness to Asus, they have added a few interesting tricks to the mix. The P552w is available for Rs 27,900 in India.

Excerpts from the press release:

Glide to a New Mobile Experience
Underpinning the ASUS P552w´s revolutionary touch-responsive user interface is its cutting-edge Gester technology 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.

Deep Google Integration
The ASUS P552w features Google Maps* which not only facilitates navigation, but is capable of furnishing users with information on points of interest. The ASUS P552w’s navigation capabilities are further bolstered by a feature known as ASUS SMS Location Link. With this exclusive feature, users at two different locations can locate each other easily by sending each other SMS messages. Clicking on the URLs which are automatically embedded in the sent messages will link the phones up to Google Maps, which will then provide the users with clear directions on how to get to each other’s positions. The ASUS P552w also features a convenient Google Search Bar on the Today screen that makes it easier to perform online queries.

EziPhoto, EziMusic and Other Applications
The ASUS P552w comes preinstalled with applications that allow users to get an easy handle on entertainment. The most exciting of these are EziPhoto and EziMusic. EziPhoto enables users to flip through their photo collection with their fingertips, akin to how they would with a real album. It also has a Calendar option which organizes and displays the thumbnails of photos users have taken according to the dates in which they were snapped, allowing them to relive those moments in chronological order at a single glance. EziMusic offers an interactive interface – complete with exciting animations – for users to play and manage their music, performing each task with colorful aplomb. The ASUS P552w also houses applications that enable easy access to web content like RSS newsfeeds, YouTube movies and photos on Flickr, ensuring that users have a full complement of entertainment options to choose from while out of the house or office.

Specifications:
Networks HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100
EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900, Class 10
Operating System Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional
Color Black or White
Form factor Bar type
Dimensions102 x 60.5 x 14.5 mm
Weight 105g (with battery)
Standby Time 300 hrs with 3G and 250 hrs with 2G**
Talk Time 3 hrs with 3G and 5 hrs with 2G**
Display 2.8″ TFT, Touch Screen 65K color, QVGA 240 x 320 pixels
Processor Marvell Tavor 624MHz
Memory 256MB Flash + 128MB DDR
Expansion Slot MicroSD with SDHC support
Connectivity WLAN 802.11b+g , USB v1.1(FS), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 
WAP Browser HTTP / WAP 1.2.1/2.0
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / MSN / Push E-mail
Battery 1100mAh Li-Ion
GPS SiRF StarIII with internal antenna
Business Applications
PIMWord (editor), Excel (editor), Power Point (viewer), IE, Windows® Live, MSN, Voice Commander and Push Email (Exchange Server). 
Other Features Google Maps, Anytime Launcher, ASUS Today, Multi-Home, EziMusic and EziPhoto.
Multimedia & Entertainment
Camera 2.0 Mega pixel Fixed Focus 
Video Record:MPEG4@QVGA 24fps / H.263@QCIF 24fps
Playback: MPEG4@QVGA 30fps / H.263@QCIF 30fps
Audio/Video Streaming 
Picture Format JPEG, PNG, GIP, BMP
Audio Format MP3, WMA, AAC, and AAC+ 
Ringtone Preinstalled with 20 ringtones and 10 special effect tones 
JAVA J2ME (CLDC 1.1 + MIDP2.0)

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