Garmin’s collaboration with Asus has been in the rumors since the summer of 2008, and now it’s all official.
The two companies have just announced that they are working not only to co-develop the first-ever Garmin mobile phone, but also several other new location-based mobile phones that will be outed during 2009.
The first handset to be released is Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60, of which we first heard about one year ago – although, at that time, its name was simply nüvifone.
The G60 combines Garmin’s expertise in the GPS field with Asus’ know-how in making smartphones. The result is a handset that comes with the following features:
- Quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA connectivity
- Large touchscreen display with virtual QWERTY keyboard
- Garmin navigation software with turn-by-turn directions
- On-board maps and lots of location-based apps
- Webkit-based HTML browser
- Stereo Bluetooth
Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 will be presented at MWC 2009. It should become commercially available in the first half of 2009, but pricing details are currently missing. The other nüvifone models that will be released after it are said to have similar features and capabilities.
Via Press release
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