Garmin-Asus nüvifone Launches in Asia

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After a long road, Garmin-Asus are now bringing their navigation-focused handsets, the G60 and M20, to a bunch of oriental countries this summer. The Windows Mobile 6.1-packing M20 will be available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia in August, but the Linux-powered G60 will be available in Taiwan in just three days, while hitting Singapore and Malaysia by the end of August. Europeans can look forward to the nüvifone in the second half of 2009.

Most of the specs are widely known, but here’s a quick recap:

nüvifone M20

  • Tri-band GSM / GPRS / Edge 900/1800/1900
  • 900/2100 HSPA 7.2 Mbps
  • 802.11 b/g WLAN, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP, mini USB 2.0
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (Upgradeable to WM 6.5)
  • 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging
  • 95.3 x 52.5 x 12.8 mm
  • 2.8″, 65K, TFT with touch lens
  • Push / Enterprise / POP3 / IMAP4 / SMTP
  • OPERA browser, HTML, WAP 1.2.1/2.0
  • SMS / MMS / IM
  • 3G: Up to 3.5 hours / 2G: Up to 2.8 hours talk time

nüvifone G60

  • Quad-band GSM / GPRS / Edge 850/900/1800/1900
  • 850/1900/2100 HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • 802.11 b/g WLAN, Bluetooth, HFP, HSP, AVRCP, A2DP mini-USB 2.0
  • Linux (closed platform)
  • 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging
  • 112 x 58.1 x 14.6 mm
  • 3.55″, 65K, anti-glare resistive touchscreen
  • POP3 / IMAP4 / SMTP
  • HTML browser based on Webkit platform
  • SMS
  • Up to 4 hours talk time

Garmin-Asus have pledged to have an Android handset available before the end of the year, which should be a fruitful move for the young handset brand. Although we were expecting a launch in the Asian area, it’s a little disappointing that we won’t be able to give either of these new handsets a shot in North America for awhile longer. Maybe that Android one will come our way…

[via BusinessWire]

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