Skype certified videophone hits the shops
We’re working to make Skype available on as many different devices as possible. Earlier in the summer we launched the 3 Skypephone S2, and our Linux team also shared their plans to bring Skype to the new generation of MIDs in the autumn.
Today, however, we’re very excited to announce that the ASUS AiGuru SV1 is now available for purchase direct from the Skype Shop in North America, and for pre-order in Europe. It’ll be available in Asia later this year.
]]>The ASUS AiGuru SV1, part of the Eee Phone family, is the first ever Skype certified standalone videophone, which allows you to make unlimited free voice and video calls without using a computer. It’s a neat desktop (or kitchen counter-top, or coffee table-top) device which you can use to make free calls to other Skype users, whether they’re using Skype on their desktop or laptop computer, on their mobile phone or on another videophone.
It’s designed to be simple to use with a large tactile control and a bright high-resolution 7" TFT LCD. It has an integrated webcam which is optimised for use in low light conditions so you’ll get a good quality video call at home. It also features a built-in microphone and speaker, though you can use a standard headset and microphone if you want to increase privacy during calls. It connects to the internet either using wi-fi or an ethernet network cable, and it has rechargeable batteries as well as a mains supply, making it easy to move around your home or office, even mid-call.
Although the ASUS AiGuru SV1 doesn’t offer all of the functionality you find in Skype for computers, we’ve made sure that all the important bits are in there. You can:
- Make Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls, including voice conference calls
- See presence information, so you know who’s online
- Make cheap calls – call landlines and mobiles around the world with Skype credit and/or subscriptions
- Use your online number – allows anyone to reach you wherever you are in the world
- Receive voicemail, and see when you’ve missed calls
- Review your Skype account details
The ASUS AiGuru SV1 is available for purchase or pre-order (depending on where you are) from the Skype Store, and is priced at €269.95/$299.95/£219.95. We’ll begin shipping straight away in North America, and European orders should start zooming in your direction later this month.