The Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 will go on sale in Taiwan on July 27 and in Singapore and Malaysia by the end of August. Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin Ltd and AsusTeK Computer Inc. will also release the Garmin-Asus nuevifone M20 in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
“We can’t wait for our customers to start using a nüvifone,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. “Our lives are all about location. The nüvifone is designed around that premise and that’s what differentiates it from the myriad of other phones on the market.”
“Whether it’s talking and navigating simultaneously, geotagging a photograph, or navigating to an address on the web, the nüvifone seamlessly links navigation with other commonly performed activities,” said Benson Lin, Asus Vice President and General Manager of Handheld Business Group.
The phone comes with 2G and 3G connectivity, first is Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G is 850/1900/2100 HSDPA 3.6 Mbps. Additionally the handsets supports Bluetooth, HFP, HSP, AVRCP connectivity.
The nuvifone G60 will come with Linux operatin system, a 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging capabilities. The handset sports a 3.55 inch anti-glare resistive touchscreen capable of boosting 65K colors. The phone also has support for Web browsing as it comes with HTML browser based on Webkit platform.
Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 which will be launched in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia comes with tri-band GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE connectivity support and 3G connectivity 900/2100 HSPA 7.2 Mbps.
Additionally the handset will run on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and upgradable to Windows Mobile 6.5. The phone sports a 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging. The nuvifone M20 comes with a 2.8 inch TFT with touch lens display capable of boosting 65K colors.
Internet navigation is pretty easy as it comes with a pre-loaded Opera browser. The handset is capable of offering up to 3.5 hours (3G) and 2.8 hours (2G) talktime.