Cebit 2006: Mio A701 smartphone

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Mio used Cebit to show off some new sat nav products, the highlight of which was the Mio A701, which combines phone, office and satelite navigation into one very smart-looking device.

The A701 is a smartphone with a 2.7-inch TFT touchscreen, running on Windows Mobile 5.0 and utilising a 520MHz Intel processor. It also features Bluetooth 1.2, a 1.3MP camera and a navigation system with SiRFstar III GPS receiver. There’s 192MB of internal memory, but an SD/MMC memory card slot can boost that to 2GB.

The tri-band GSM/GPRS phone offers up to 4 hours talktime and up to 200 hours standby, along with simultaneous calling and navigation when using MioMap v2, a pedestrian mode to help you explore cities without losing track, one touch calling of points of interest (restaurants, cinemas etc) and in case you do get lost, the ability to text your GPS co-ordinates.

The Mio A701 should retail for around £450 with the sat-nav software installed and around £380 without.

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Dave Walker