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Maui reference design or bsquare Power Handheld

bsquare, surfing the top of the technological progress wave, announced Maui reference design, called Power Handheld. It features: 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA250, 64MB RAM, 32MB flash memory, 4-inch LCD, supporting 640480@16bpp, Secure Digital slot, supporting SDIO. Besides, there are two design variants: with built-in GSM module (900/1800 or 900/1900 MHz) and GPRS Multislot 8 Class B.

With such features Power Handheld competes with O2 XDA/T-Mobile MDA and HP Jornada 928 WDA, however, it has a larger screen, supporting better resolution, (thus weighing 280 g) and works under Windows CE .NET 4.1 instead of Pocket PC 2002. Besides, there´s a special 2 zoom button for small symbols or images (a rather clever solution, as 4-inch 640480 screen provides very small symbols).

Other features are: 1408719.5 mm dimensions, claimed up to 3 weeks of idle battery operation, 135 hours in idle mode in GSM networks, 3-7 hours of talking and up to 3 hours of GPRS operation.

As for the software, there´s a standard Pocket PC 2002 kit: Pocket Inbox, Pocket Contacts, Pocket Calendar and Pocket Word, and proprietary Spreadsheet instead of Pocket Excel. But unlike Pocket PC, there´s Internet Explorer 5.5 with Windows Media Player, Macromedia Flash, Insignia Java JVM and PDF browser. Naturally, it supports SMS and Microsoft Messenger.

The trademark of Power Handheld is still unknown, but the design itself is rather interesting.

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