Windows Phone 7: the Asus E600 displayed on the FCC’s website
December 07th, 2010 - 02:59 am ET by C. D.
Asus’ first Windows Phone 7 Smartphone should soon appear, as its technical application has been lodged with the FCC in the United States.
It quickly appeared in the heat of August, well in advance of the launch of Windows Phone 7 in October, letting everyone know that Asus was well in the picture for the development of Windows Smartphone’s. They were missing on the 21st of October though during the European launch of the Smartphone OS.
The Asus E600 Smartphone, the brands first model running Windows Phone 7, shouldn’t remain unknown for long though as new documents have been published on the FCC’s web site (Federal Communications Commission), the American organisation with whom the technical details of electronic devices are lodged and verified to assure their conformity with wireless standards.
The FCC’s validation is generally the last step before products are released, which leaves us thinking that the Asus E600 will soon be launched, at least in the United States. The documents indicate that it will be the carrier AT&T (GSM carrier) who is first in line for the device, while a European launch is also highly likely.
An imminent release According to the pictures contained in the documents, the Asus E600 comes with a 4" display under which we find the three Windows Phone 7 buttons (Back, Home and Search), while it will also come with a 5 mega pixel camera lens on the back with a LED flash.
It is powered by a 1300 mAh battery and its shell is finished in a brushed metal look. On the sides, we see the volume controls and a button for taking photos, along with a micro USB port for charging and synchronising the device. On the top we also find a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Finally, the handset should be DLNA compatible (Digital Living Network Alliance). We can see on the pictures that the charger still refers to Garmin-Asus, even though the two companies recently abandoned their partnership. On the Smartphone itself, a "Designed by Asus" reference is mentioned on the back. Asus E600 Smartphone was originally planned for release before the end of 2010, although it may be slightly late on these estimates.