Garmin has dabbled in the Windows Mobile world in the past, as has Asus, but the two companies are now working together for the first time to produce a co-branded Windows Mobile powered nuvifone, the M20.
Like all Garmin devices, the nuvifone M20 is a GPS-centric device with an onboard GPS receiver and built-in navigation software. In addition to included maps and a POIs (Points of Interest) database, the M20 also includes support for many Location Based Services that allow the GPS to augment software, web browsing and phone use.
Features include 7.2Mbps HSDPA mobile broadband, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0, a 2.8" VGA touchscreen, up to 8GB of onboard flash memory storage, and a 3MP camera. There's no word yet on memory expansion slots.
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 will be sold unlocked at first, followed perhaps with direct sale by wireless providers; unlocked versions could run on GSM/GPRS wireless networks like T-Mobile and AT&T Mobility. Release is expected in the US in the second half of 2009.
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Updated April 11, 2009