Garmin-Asus Debuts Windows-based Nuviphone M20 Smartphone

While everyone is waiting for the G60, Garmin-Asus, the new joint venture between the two Consumer Electronics giants, has revealed another smartphone, the nuvifone M20 which should be more expensive than the G60.

The device which looks like a twin brother to N95 touchscreen is equipped with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, a 3-megapixel camera with geo-location features. The 2.8-inch touchscreen that comes with it is the same size as the N95's screen and can display 640x480 pixels.

The rest of the specification is pretty much standard; built in microphone and speakers, built in 4GB/8GB storage and Activesync compatibility.

Platformwise, this is a Windows-mobile only smartphone and has Garmin's own satellite navigation system, preloaded with maps and Points of Interests worldwide.

Another interesting twist to the GPS features is the inclusion of Connected Services, a suite of online applications and data from Garmin-Asus that adds location intelligence to navigation, phone and browser functions.

Like on the G60, you will also find Ciao!, a location based service application that allows users to stay up to date with their friends' and keep them updated on their location; in other words, a smart social networking application with a touch of geo-location.

The smartphone should be available later this year and should be available on £30 contracts. The phone will be fully unveiled next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Our Comments

More geo-location based services after Google's Latitude. Expect Latitude to come to Android ASAP. Garmin and Asus make up a rather interesting couple, one which should produce great products without much overlapping and will give Nokia a run for its money. The Finnish manufacturer acquired Navteq back in 2007 but has yet to release a compelling product that could make GPS a thing of the past.

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