ASUS has announced its flagship P835 touchscreen smartphone today. The purported iPhone challenger sports a large 3.5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel display augmented by a trackball located at the bottom of the handset for one-handed navigation. The 7.2 Mbps HSPA compatible handset runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 but uses the proprietary and more attractive ASUS Glide interface and opts for Opera Mobile for HTML browsing.
The 3G phone also includes GPS and Wi-Fi which can be shared with a 3G connection without the use of Bluetooth or physically tethering to another device. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera, 4 GB of internal memory and a microSDHC slot.
It’s up in the air regarding a North American launch for the ASUS P835–the company hasn’t announced any prices or availability dates–but it’s likely it’ll be available unlocked if not with a carrier. While it does support GSM and EDGE for North American voice and data, it doesn’t support the 850 MHz spectrum used by AT&T and Rogers.