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E-Ten Launches X500 GPS PDA Phone

E-Ten Information Systems on October 30 launched its new GPS-enabled PDA phone, the Glofiish-branded X500, in the Taiwan market. Glofiish-branded products will also be launched in markets worldwide, said company sources.

The X500, which the company claims is the world's thinnest GPS-Wi-Fi pocket PC phone with a thickness of 1.55 cm, is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system (OS) and sports quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE capability and IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth v2.0 connectivity.

E-Ten will continue to develop its own-brand products and has no plans to merge with large-scale IT companies, said company chairman Hwang Shan-rong, who presided over the launch of the X500.

Hwang made the remarks in response to market expectations that E-Ten is to merge with Quanta Computer after the notebook giant boosted its holdings to nearly 50% in GPS device maker RoyalTek in August. RoyalTek is a subsidiary of E-Ten.

Hwang predicted that the company's shipments of PDA devices and PDA phones will top 220,000-250,000 units in 2006, compared with 150,000 units it shipped in 2005.

The DigiTimes

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