3GSM: Asus Aries, P735 & P526

Promising smartphone entries from the PC guru.

Like Toshiba, Asus isn’t a company you’d automatically associated with mobile phones but it has used this year’s 3GSM to show it can build them as well as anyone.

The ‘Aries’ (left) , ‘P735’ (middle) and ‘P526’ (right) are a trio of smarty pants handsets (also known as smartphones to those of you who don’t like to drink six pints before lunch) which will have HTC cautiously looking over its shoulder.

The Aries is the clear headliner of the bunch with an Excalibur-esque/Blackberry-tastic outer appearance and heavy duty 520MHz XScale processor on the inside. It supports UMTS 850, 1900 and 2100MHz for zippy global usability, a 2MP camera with a second VGA cam for video calls, multimedia playback and features a dedicated scroll wheel and Qwerty thumbboard.

WM6 will be its operating system of choice and while we don’t have any info on dimensions the emphasis is reported to be as a thin and light Q killer.

As for the P735 this is a slightly more sober handset for business types so while it matches the specifications of the Aries stride for stride it is outfitted in rather more conservative boardroom friendly styling.

The same can equally be said of the P525 which is also showing two megapixel cameras some love but dropping 3G capabilities in favour of integrated WiFi. Push email gets a look in too while WM5 is the curiously more dated OS on show. It still manages a few tricks to impress your suited friends with an integrated business card reader (snap a pic and the details are transferred into your contacts) while the 2.8in display is certainly expansive.

In usual Asus’ style availability and pricing has yet to be revealed but being evolutionary rather than revolutionary suggests a solid market entry around late Q1/early Q2. Welcome to the piranha filled waters of mobile telephony Asus.

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