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Wednesday, 04 June 2008 20:04

Three new GPS phones from GSmart

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Computex 08: One with digital TV

Gigabyte’s smartphone division, GSmart, was showing off three new devices at Computex and all three models featured a built-in GPS receiver. Starting at the bottom we have the MS802, which is a slightly re-designed and upgraded version from the MS800. What’s new is a better 3Megapixel camera and USB 2.0 interface.

The controls and the outside of the phone have also been changed, although we’re not overly keen on the design changes. The rest of the specifications remain pretty much identical. 

The MS820 is GSmart’s first Windows Mobile device with a flush fitting touch display and motion sensor. This handset also features a VGA resolution display, quad-band GSM, HSDPA, a 5Megapixel camera with auto focus, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB 2.0 interface.  A 520MHz Marvell PXA270 CPU sits at the core of the MS820 and there’s 256MB or ROM and 128MB of RAM, which should be sufficient. The design is very simple and it only has a navigation button and two call buttons on the front. 

Finally, we have the MS808, which is the most exciting out of the three as it features everything that the MS820 has, bar the motion sensor which has been swapped for a multi-format digital TV-tuner. The MS808 works with DVB-T, DVB-H, T-DMB and ISDB-T, which makes it usable in a wide range of countries. 

The MS808 is also the first device from GSmart to feature a 624MHz Marvell PXA310 processor, and as with the MS820 it has 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM. The camera is only 3Megapixels which isn't quite as good as the MS820, for those that think this is a key feautre. The design looks really slick, but sadly that wheel in the middle is just a four-way navigation pad and not actually a wheel. 

The MS808 and MS820 come with Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, while the MS802 gets stuck with Windows Mobile 6 Pro. It’s still a few months before these devices start shipping, but we’re going to try to get some review samples from GSmart in due time.

You can find a very short video of the MS802's motion sensor in action here

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