If HTC has anything to say about it, most of the major Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition contenders these days are sporting QWERTY keyboards and a bit of bulk. ASUS is taking a different tact with their new P525 smartphone, and if you can stand the lack of text input, it might make a decent bid for your smartphone buck. The quad-band GSM phone has a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, 2 megapixel camera, 416MHz Intel XScale processor, 802.11b WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, miniSD, 128MB flash ROM and 64MB of SDRAM. Even better news is that all of this fits into a 5.6-ounce, 0.75-inch thick form factor. The P525 also sports push email, along with Skype, though without UMTS you'll probably want to be doing most of that on a WiFi connection. No word on price or where exactly this is dropping for now, but we'll keep an eye out.

[Via Geekzone]

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ASUS releases P525 Pocket PC phone