ASUS Glaxy 7 smartphone hands-on suggests solid WM6.1 option

ASUS' Glaxy 7 – not to be confused with their P565 – has had its turn in front of the Mobile-Review camera, and though there are some moderate disappointments it's generally a good showing for the Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone.  While the 800MHz Marvell processor that the device was purported to have has slipped by the wayside (to be replaced with an altogether more pedestrian 528Mhz Qualcomm MS7200A CPU) performance is still good, and ASUS' Glide UI does a decent job of disguising the Microsoft' OS.

Build quality is reportedly good, with ASUS reaching liberally into their stocks of metal, soft touch plastic and leather, and while the design may not be exactly inspiring it does at least feel good in the hand.  Too good, perhaps; there's some obvious scratching on the soft-touch battery cover where Mobile-Review's Artem has been stroking it.

As for Glide UI, he deems it on a par with HTC's TouchFLO 3D, which is pretty high praise.  No exact word on availability or price, but the presumption is that given the current economic climate it will likely be cheaper than previously expected when it hits shelves in late Q1 or early Q2.

[via wmpoweruser]