Garmin-Asus have announced the nüvifone M20, the second model in their collaborative effort to create navigation-oriented smartphones. This is the first Windows Mobile-based model in this series, and is an all-in-one phone, mobile web browser, and premium navigation system.
Not surprising for a Garmin device, the M20 has been designed with location based services (LBS) at its core. It will come preloaded with maps and points of interest (POIs) – hotels, restaurants, stores, gas stations, and more – for North America, Eastern and Western Europe, or other regions.
The M20 will take advantage of its constant wireless Internet connection to offer real-time traffic information, White Pages, weather, flight status, local events, and movie times.
A Professional’s Smartphone
Unlike the nüvifone G60, which was announced last year, the M20 will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Its creators say it is for “on-the-go professionals who want a fashionable and functional smartphone to manage their busy work and personal lives.” Microsoft’s mobile operating system includes a suite of productivity and entertainment software, including support for push email via Exchange ActiveSync.
In addition, this nüvifone’s navigation functions will be linked to frequently used applications such as calendar, contacts, email, web browser, and more.
Don’t Miss the VGA Touchscreen
The nüvifone M20 will have a tablet shape focused on its 2.8-inch, VGA (640×480) display.
It will be a tri-band GSM phone with dual-band 3G, including 7.2 Mbps HSDPA. In addition, it will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Coming Later this Year
Garmin-Asus expect to announce the nüvifone M20’s pricing and availability in the first half of this year.
- Front, with Redesigned Application Launcher
- Landscape, with 3D Navigation Software
- Four color options: red, blue, yellow, and black