Leading up to Mobile World Congress, personal navigation system maker Garmin and PC stalwart Asus unveiled a partnership that will produce navigation-centric mobile devices branded under the Nuvifone umbrella. At the show, the two companies showed off the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20.
The device is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 professional with enterprise e-mail. It combines a dual-band 3.5G/tri-band GSM with Wi-Fi connectivity, desktop-like browsing, push e-mail, document viewing, multimedia, Bluetooth and navigation.
The M20 offers a full QWERTY soft keyboard and is designed with location-based services at its core. It supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. Like Garmin navigation devices, the devices come preloaded with maps and points of interest such as hotels, restaurants, stores and more. Garmin and Asus also offer a suite of online applications via Connected Services.
The Nuvifone M20 features a 2.8-inch touch-screen, built-in microphone and speakers, 4GB/8GB storage and a 3.0-megapixel camera with geotagging and more.