We can’t say its looks are doing much to get our hearts going a-thumpa-thumpa, but the Asus P565 specs are sure doing something to our techie glands.
The big taking point is that this Windows Mobile professional smartphone packs a mighty Marvell TavorP 800 Mhz processor, which Asus claims makes it twice as powerful as any other competing products in its class.
The P565 comes with HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900 connectivity, plus WLAN 802.11b+g , USB v1.1(FS) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
There’s GPS onboard (SiRF Star III with InstantFix), a 2.8 inch VGA 65K-color Touchscreen, VGA (480 x 640 pixels) and a 3MP megapixel autofocus camera offering QVGA MPEG4 video recording at 24fps.
Onboard storage comes in the shape of 256 MB Flash + 128 MB DDR SDRAM backed by a SDHC MicroSD expansion slot, but there’s no hardware keyboard to be found. Instead, users will have to get all smudgy on the screen and input text via Asus’s finger-friendly Glide Interface.
The whole package measures up at 102 mm x 60.5 mm x 16 mm and weighs 120 g (with battery), but we’ve got concerns about the battery life. Despite the power hungry processor, Asus has only fitted the P565 with a 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery. This gives the handset a quoted standby time of 250-300 hrs with 3G and 200-250 hrs with 2G, or a talk time of just 3 hrs with 3G (4 hrs with 2G).