The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has approved the ASUS P525, a quad-band PDA phone. Powered by an Intel XScale 416MHz processor and Windows Mobile 5.0, it features (aside from the quad-band GSM and GPRS) 128MB Flash ROM and 64MB SDRAM, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a 2MP camera with flash capable of taking a business card picture and converting it to an Outlook contact, a MySecret secure file storage area, Skype, 802.11b Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 1.1, a mini SD card slot, voice recognition and more. Unfortunately, it lacks EDGE and other faster cellular-wireless networking standards.
Before you rush out to your local gadget store, FCC approval does not necessarily mean that we will see the P525 on North American shores. But at least that hurdle has been cleared if ASUS does decide to bring it this way.