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Mio Leap K1 details revealed
Exclusive: Dual functionallity, dual hardware
The Mio Leap K1 is one of the oddest GPS solutions to come out from this Taiwanese company so far, as instead of being a typical PDA style GPS/mobile phone device as with several previous Windows Mobile powered solutions from Mio, the Leap K1 has phone functionality on one side and the GPS on the other side; and it uses Windows CE rather than Windows Mobile for powering the MioMap software.
The phone hardware and the GPS hardware are different, too, with the phone side featuring an Infineon processor, 8MB of ROM and 2MB of RAM. It's only got a tiny 1.7-inch OLED display of unspecified resolution. The GPS side of the Leap K1 features a 400MHz Samsung processor, 1GB of ROM and 64MB of RAM, as well as a 2.6-inch 320x240 resolution display.
This is the first time we've heard about a solution like this running two separate types of hardware and this might make the Leap K1 quite expensive, but from what we've gathered, it should cost around €290+tax, which isn't too bad.
Other features include triple band GSM with GPRS 10 support for the 900, 1800 and 1900MHz frequencies, a 20-channel SiRFstar III GPS receiver, a microSD card slot, a removable 790mAh battery good for 3.5h of talk time and 150h of standby, although no GPS usage time was quoted, a 2Megapixel camera (used with the GPS side), Bluetooth 2.0, a 2.5mm headphone jack and a mini-USB port.
It does, of course, feature the MioMap 2008 software and it comes with a pedestrian mode; and you can share points of interest with other users over Bluetooth. You can also take pictures and use them for navigation and share these, as well.
The handset measures 105.1x53.5x14.5mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at 125g, which is both rather large and quite heavy, but then again, it does have two pieces of hardware in one device. We don't have any new pictures of the device, so you'll have to make do with the one we took back at Computex. It shouldn't be long before Mio will announce the Leap K1, but we don't have a specific launch date as of now.