Mio’s sleek sat-nav smartie

One of the foremost purveyors of wallet-friendly sat-nav, Mio, has brought its GPS Windows Mobile 5.0 phone a touch closer to shops.The A701, which se

One of the foremost purveyors of wallet-friendly sat-nav, Mio, has brought its GPS Windows Mobile 5.0 phone a touch closer to shops.

The A701, which seems to be a phone first, palmtop second and sat-nav device third, sports some smooth candybar curves and lacks the annoying pocket-snagging antenna of its competitors.

Instead, the GPS receiver – the latest Sirfstar III for top reception – has been built into the main body of the device.

So, what’s the rest of the spec story? It runs on a 520 Mhz Intel PXA-270 processor, has 128MB flash memory and crucially runs Windows Mobile 5.0 for Outlook e-mailing, Internet Explorer web surfing and media tomfoolery on Windows Media Player 10.

Like its palmtop cousin, the A201, it has a 320x240 pixel touch screen which serves up an on-screen touchpad to compensate for the lack of a keyboard. You get Bluetooth for Outlook syncing.

If that’s not a long enough features list for you, there’s also a 1.3MP camera, an SD/MMC slot and you roughly 4 hours talk time from the battery.

The A201’s certainly made its smartphone intentions clear, but there’s still some mystery about its price and availability – we’ll let you know as soon we find out. Until then, have a look at the rest of Mio’s new GPS team at  www.mioatcebit.be.

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