The headline says it all. The Taiwanese manufacturer best known for desktop motherboards and the like has dabbled in the Windows Mobile world for some time but never really broke through.

Now, it has unleashed the P565 which was immediately hailed as "world's fastest." And, in truth, it's actually quite the beast. Full specs are after the jump. But the short version is a 480x640 touchscreen and an 800-freaking-megahertz Marvell processor. (Before you get too excited, it's lacking the 850 band for US 3G data. Grrrrrrrr.)

By comparison, the HTC Touch Pro is running a 528MHz processor, as is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. The Palm Treo Pro is at 400MHz, and the iPhone 3G is listed at 620MHz 412MHz.

Of course, pure chip speed isn't everything (though it's pretty darn close). So we'll the above video speak for itself. On the left is a Touch Diamond. On the right, the Asus P565.


GSMDome via WMPowerUser

Asus P565 specs

  • Bands: HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz (That's bad news for us in the U.S., with no 850 MHz)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional
  • Form Factor: Bar Type
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 102 x 60.5 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 120g with battery
  • Standby Time: 3G: 300 hours; 2G: 250 hours
  • Talk Time: 3G: 4 hours; 2G: 6 hours
  • Display: 2.8" TFT, Touch Screen, 65,000-color, 480 x 640 pixels
  • CPU: Marvell PXA930 800MHz (!)
  • Memory: Built-in 256MB Flash ROM, 128MB DDR SDRAM
  • Expansion Slot: Micro-SD (support SDHC)
  • Communication: WLAN 802.11b/g, USB v1.1, Bluetooth V2.0+EDR
  • Browsing: HTTP and WAP 1.2.1/2.0
  • Messaging: SMS/MSN/MMS/ Email/Push E-Mail
  • Battery: 1300mAh Li-Ion
  • PIM & Utilities: Word (editor) / Excel (editor) / Power Point (viewer) / Windows Live, MSN / Voice Commander / Push Email (Exchange Server) / Business Card Recognition / PDF viewer
  • Camera: 3 Mega-Pixels, Auto Focus (Main), 300K-Pixels Camera for Video Telephony (Sub)
  • Video: Record:MPEG4@QVGA 24fps / H.263@QCIF 24fps; Playback: MPEG4@QVGA 30fps / H.263@QCIF 30fps
  • Picture: JPEG/PNG/GIF/BMP
  • Audio: MP3/WMA/AAC/AAC+/3GP
  • Ringtone: MIDI/MP3
  • JAVA: J2ME (CLDC 1.1 + MIDP2.0)