We have a new smartphone speed king folks...
The ever resourceful Asus is perhaps the not altogether unlikely top dog now following the announcement of its 'P565' Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone with screaming 800MHz Marvell CPU.
Of course the reality is a fast CPU is only going to be as good as its core operating system and supporting memory, but despite this the P565 does pack in a number of other compelling features such as a touchscreen 480 x 640 (VGA) screen, HSDPA, WiFi and GPS.
On the downside, HSDPA is registered at 3.2Mbit not 7.2Mbit (as is becoming increasingly common) though in reality this will make little difference while at 102 x 60 x 16mm the leather backed device is a little chunky for a smartphone without physical Qwerty keyboard. That said, an interesting option for cinephiles is the ability to shoot video at 24fps while a microSD expansion slot will make up for the unspecified-therefore-inevitably-small onboard storage.
Talk and standby times (as always under ideal WiFi/GPS disabling conditions) will last up to four hours and 250 hours respectively with a scheduled to launch before the end of the year sim free for an as yet unknown RRP.
All in all, despite the flashy clock speed, I'd argue the P565 looks a competent rather than exciting device. The battle is in software boys and girl(s) not hardware these days and if you're wondering why look out for a mammoth feature from me soon arguing this very point...
Update: Spec sheet now posted with press release. As I suspected, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM - that processor really does need to be fast.