Asus presents the first of nine smartphones to launch in Portugal by the end of the year

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By the end of this year, Asus plans to launch nine smartphones in the national market. For now, the company reveals the first model to be made available in Portugal, the P535.

Presented this week in Lisbon, the smartphone from Asus allows, among other functions, synchronize data from the computer with the equipment, play music and videos stored in Windows Media Player and show PowerPoint presentations.

This is the first device of its kind to have Asus Status, an application developed by the brand that allows the verification of the battery status, the space in RAM memory and the lighting applied on the screen through a single button.

Another characteristic of the equipment is the possibility of storing in memory flash documents in operation when the device battery is discharged.

The P535 also includes a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus and has OCR technology for digitizing business cards «whose data will be stored directly in the database» of smartphone, explains a statement.

For users interested in keeping their private documentation safe, the manufacturer includes the «My Secret Folders» in the P535, a folder where only those who know about it can access it. password stipulated.

THE smartphone from Asus includes a 520 MHz Intel Xcale processor, 256 MB of NAND Flash ROM memory, 64 MB of SDRAM and allows triband communications, GSM 900/1800/1900 and GPRS Class 10.

Asus argues that in 2006 more than 2.7 million smartphones, and it is expected that in 2007 there will be a 30 percent growth in this market segment, which is why the brand decided to extend this business to the country.

Until the closing of this piece, it was not possible to determine the price of the first of nine equipment planned for sale in Portugal this year, nor if Asus intends to partner with any operator to sell the equipment.

Asus plans to launch the first four devices for the first half of this year. The rest arrive in stores in the second half of 2007.

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