ASUS launches A696 GPS PDA

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Asus has unveiled the A696, squeezing in both GPS and a fully-featured PDA into a compact stainless steel case with an anti-glare touch screen.

The GPS uses Destinator Technologies’ routing engine and navigation content and features a QuickNav button for a pre-determined address or POI (Point of Interest), a random POI search facility for your surrounding location and a trip planning feature with intermediate stops. It also packs an embedded antenna, anti-glare 3.5-inch colour screen and the latest SiRF Star III chipset.

The PDA offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, media player, integrated microphone and speakers plus 256MB of initial storage. Priced at £199 and due on the shelves in a couple of weeks.

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