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FCC unveils Asus P550 smartphone

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The boys over at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have done the mobile community proud, again. Its website has revealed the details of an upcoming Asus smartphone, the P550, which runs on the Windows Mobile 6 Professional OS and incorporates Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Asus P550: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and UMTS all feature

Asus has built the phone around a 520MHz Marvell CPU and equipped it with 256MB of flash memory. So it’s lucky the handset's also compatible with Mini SD cards, for that extra storage capacity. It boasts a large 3.5in stylus-operated LCD display, that’s capable of displaying a 65,000 colours, and which has a 240 x 320 pixel resolution.

It’s Wi-Fi enabled over 802.11 b/g, though sadly not the newer n standard, and gives users short-range wireless connectivity over Bluetooth 2.0 or cabled data transfer through its mini-USB 1.1 port. In addition to 2100MHz UMTS, the phone can also connect to 900/1800/1900MHz tri-band GSM networks.

Users will be blessed with up to five hours of talk time, which is about average, but around 12 days of standby time. So, should you forget to charge your phone overnight, then you needn’t worry – unless you’re a chatterbox.

There’s a 2-megapixel camera onboard, in addition to the standard multimedia features, including support for MP3 and WMA audio files and WMV video files. A 2.5mm stereo earphone jack allows you to listen to your music in privacy or the built-in speakerphone can be used to give fellow train passengers both sides of your conversation.

The only information the FCC website hasn’t let Register Hardware in on is when the handset will be released and how much it will cost. So stay tuned.

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