Feeds

Asus unveils slimline barcode-reading phone

Can scan ad-embedded URLs

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Asus introduced its latest mobile phone last week, though it took a while for anyone to notice. It's a slimline model with a two megapixel camera that not only has an auto-focus facility and can take close-up shots, but can scan barcodes.

The V80 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS candybar phone with a 2in, 262,144-colour, 176 x 220 display. It's 10.1 x 4.4 x 1.6cm in size but squeezes in battery capacity sufficient for 2.5-5 hours' talk time, Asus claimed.

asus v80 slimline mobile phone

It has 55MB of on-board memory, but more can be added by way of the V80's MiniSD slot. It's got Bluetooth 1.2, complete with stereo audio support, which is handy for the phone's music and video player app. There's also a stereo speaker.

The camera can read barcodes based on the QR Code specification popular in Asia and which are used to encode website addresses in adverts, product packaging, magazine articles and the like. That suggests the V80 will be pitched primarily at Far Eastern markets, but Asus was tight lipped on the device's availability and pricing. However, the company did say the phone will be available in black, white and "reddish gold" versions. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist
By the way, I have a really nice bridge you might like...
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.