Mio makes Explora K70 official; look out Garmin

By on March 3, 2009 at 10:44 AM.

Mio makes Explora K70 official; look out Garmin

Oooooh Garmin. Your nuviphone should have been released eons ago and now you’re staring down the barrel of what looks to be some pretty steep and exciting competition in the Mio Explora K70. Mio made it known late last year that the company was cooking up a mobile handset and it appears as though the Taiwanese GPS company’s entrance into the mobile game will indeed be a sexy one. Specs, Jeeves:

  • Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
  • Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE connectivity (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Tri band HSDPA / HSUPA connectivity (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • 3.5 inch TFT 240 x 400 touchscreen display
  • Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 3 megapixel camera, autofocus, geotagging support
  • 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM
  • MicroSDHC support
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS usage time: up to 4 hours
  • Talk time: up to 4.5 hours
  • Stand-by time: up to 200 hours
  • 115 x 61.5 x 11.9 mm, 115 grams

No release timing or pricing has been announced thus far but don’t expect Mio to sit on this one anywhere near as long as Garmin has with its nuviphone. Hit the jump for another product shot.

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Mio’s Windows Mobile MID brings a new face to the crowd

By on January 10, 2009 at 7:12 AM.

Mio’s Windows Mobile MID brings a new face to the crowd

We’ll be the first to admit that it’s not easy to get people very excited about a Windows Mobile-based handset these days. With the proliferation of far more innovative, useful, fast, and aesthetically pleasing mobile operating systems, Microsoft’s work horse appears poised to fade even more in the coming years. That said, if Mio’s MID pictured above is any indication, companies are still committed to pushing the OS to its absolute limits. One of Windows Mobile’s biggest virtues has been its flexibility, spawning a cornucopia of form factors and devices types over the years. Mio’s “handset” is one such marvel, sporting a stunning 800×480 screen. Specs for the production version of the device have yet to be finalized, but the prototype currently on display at CES is running Windows Mobile 6.1 with GPS, Wi-Fi, USB out, a full QWERTY keyboard, and more all powered by a 667mhz ARM processor. We’ve known that Mio has been gunning for the Windows Mobile market for quite some time, but this looks to be above and beyond our expectations. Sadly, given its prototypic nature, we can’t promise that this thing will ever see the light of day, but we can think of more than a few reasons why Mio should give it a go.

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Mio may launch a 3.5G Windows Mobile touchscreen handset

By on December 1, 2008 at 3:02 PM.

Mio may launch a 3.5G Windows Mobile touchscreen handset

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Mio, maker of popular consumer GPS products, is reportedly developing its own 3.5G Windows Mobile touchscreen handset. Going head to head with the Garmin Nuvifone, Mio’s offering is expected to come to market in Q1 2009, slightly ahead of the Nuvifone. Details on the presumably GPS-centric phone include a 3.5G chipset from Qualcomm, the proprietary “Spirit” touch user interface and a 3.2MP auto-focus camera. This is not Mio’s first attempt at a GPS PDA phone as it already has a few of Windows Mobile handsets like the recent A502 and 702. This latest phone however, may push Mio’s handset line forward as it will rock 3.5G connectivity instead of Mio’s previous EDGE-only offerings. Mio is also expected to launch a GPS-enabled MID (Mobile Internet device) by the end of Q1 2009. If it can meet its expectations and not encounter any unexpected delays a la Nuvifone, then Mio will will definitely be making some big early-09 moves that may help its market share while posing a serious problem for Garmin.

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