Asus was touted as one of Microsoft’s launch partners for Windows Phone 7 in February, but the hardware maker was a no-show at this month’s official product kickoff. Is is possible that Asus’ plans for Windows Phone 7 smartphones have been scrapped? Not according to Forbes.
“Regarding Windows Phone 7, we haven’t yet decided yet we would like to do,” Asus Chairman Jonney Shih told Forbes. That said, the first WP7 smartphone with an Asus logo is expected to launch in 2011.
Asus has built and sold Windows Mobile powered PDAs and smartphones for years, and continues, with partner Garmin, to offer the nuvifone M10, which runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3.
Windows Mobile may be in the process of being handed its hat, but it’s not quite out the door yet. Today Motorola and Sprint announced the U.S. availability of the Motorola ES400S Enterprise Smartphone, a ruggedized device running Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional.
Features include a built-in fingerprint scanner for biometric security, barcode scanning via its 3.2MP camera, a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a 1GB ROM for storage, EV-DO Rev. A, HSPA/GSM (world travel), and a 3-inch touchscreen transflective display.
According to the press release, it can take a 4-foot drop and keep on going, so this device may be useful to business users who butterfingers.
The Motorola ES400S will be available by the end of October for $499 for qualifying customers.
Read the Sprint Motorola ES400S Press Release after the jump.
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If you thought you’d seen the last of Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone debuts – think again. On Thursday, Verizon Wireless will release the LG Fathom, a new Windows Mobile slider.
We haven’t seen much WinMo action from LG of late, but we hear the company is planning big things for Windows Phone 7. If you’re in the market for a WM6.5.3 Pro smartphone, here are the details:
The LG Fathom has a 3.2-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a slide-to-hide QWERTY keyboard, a 1GHz processor (make/model unknown) 256MB of RAM, GPS, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband, a microSDHC memory card slot and a 3.5MP camera. International travelers will also appreciate the Fathom’s built-in GSM/UMTS transceiver for use outside the U.S.
Verizon Wireless will roll out the Fathom first through business sales channels on May 27, with wider availability slated for June 3.
Sony Ericsson has a new Windows Phone lined up for 2010: the Sony Ericsson Aspen.
The Aspen runs the latest version of Windows Mobile, v6.5.3, and will debut sometime in Q2 2010. Features include a QVGA touchscreen display, a 3.2MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a microSDHC flash memory slot. While the Aspen will be released in “select markets,” the Sony Ericsson did not state whether one of those markets would be the United States.
Learn more about the Sony Ericsson Aspen or read the Sony Ericsson Aspen Press Release.