Garmin and Asus announced that the Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 will go on sale in Taiwan on July 27, and in Singapore and Malaysia by the end of August. Also in August, the Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20 will go on sale in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
The Navigation Phone
The Garmin-Asus n?vifone series integrates navigation and location based services (LBS). It is ideal for those seeking an all-in-one, LBS-centric touchscreen phone, mobile web-browser and personal navigator. The n?vifone G60 and M20 have touchscreen displays that feature three primary icons ? "Call," "Search," and "View Map." Customers can easily scroll through the other icons by swiping their finger across the displays, and a built-in accelerometer allows every screen to be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientation.
Navigate Wherever, Whenever
The n?vifone G60 and M20 come with preloaded maps of North America, Eastern and Western Europe, or specific Asia-Pacific regions. Since the maps reside on the n?vifone, customers will receive turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions to millions of destinations without accessing their carrier's data plan. The n?vifone G60 and M20 utilize a real GPS receiver with hotfix, in addition to A-GPS(assisted GPS), so that customers always have directions at their fingertips, regardless of if they are in their provider's coverage area.
The n?vifone series has millions of preloaded points of interest (POIs) including hotels, restaurants and street addresses. The POIs can be easily accessed for turn-by-turn voice prompted directions. If a turn is missed along the route, the n?vifone G60 and M20 will automatically recalculate a route and get the user back on track. The n?vifone also offers a "Where am I?" feature so that users will know their exact latitude and longitude coordinates, nearest address, intersection, hospital, police station and gas station with one touch of the screen. And to help them find their car in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking lot, the n?vifone automatically marks the position in which it was last removed from the windshield mount. The n?vifone comes with a unique suction cup mount cradle that fastens to the windshield and will also charge the device while it is being used.
Connect and Communicate
Both the n?vifone G60 and M20 incorporate top-of-the-line phone capabilities with premium features such as 3.5G data connectivity, SMS text messaging, email, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more.
The n?vifone G60 and M20 have a full HTML browser that customers can easily zoom in or pan with their finger, and pages may be viewed in either portrait or landscape. Users can surf the web on their phone via Wi-Fi or 3G networks, and the pages are presented similar to a PC browser.
Everything You Need
Customers will also enjoy the benefit of location-based services seamlessly integrated with n?vifone's intuitive user interface and turn-by-turn navigation. Users can supplement the preloaded POI data with internet enabled local searches and automatically navigate around traffic congestion while seeing the estimated traffic delay along their route. Other services include weather, gas prices, flight status, local events, movie times, Ciao! and more (content pricing and availability may vary by country).
The n?vifone G60 and M20 include a built-in camera with auto-focus. The camera automatically geotags images with an exact latitude and longitude reference of where the image was taken. The user may then save the image so they can navigate back to the location, or email the geo-tagged image to others.
n?vifone G60 specs:
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
Up to 4 hours
n?vifone M20 specs:
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
Price and Availability
The n?vifone G60 will be available in Taiwan on July 27, and in Singapore and Malaysia by the end of August. The n?vifone G60's distribution strategy for the Asia-Pacific market will differ by country. In Asia, it will be available through carriers and retail channels. The n?vifone G60 is on schedule for delivery in Europe and the United States in the second half of 2009, and additional details about pricing, availability and carriers will be announced in the coming months.
The n?vifone M20 will be available in August in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. The n?vifone M20's distribution strategy for the Asia-Pacific market will differ by country. In Asia, it will be available through carriers and retail channels. The n?vifone M20 is on schedule for delivery in Europe in the second half of 2009, and additional details about pricing, availability and carriers will be announced in the coming months.
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