Garmin-Asus nuvifone M20: Windows Mobile Smartphone

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High Resolution The nuvifone M20 from Garmin-Asus makes use of Windows Mobile and launched in Taiwan. The carrier in Taiwan will be Chunghwa Telecom. The 2.8-inch LCD sports a 640 x 480 resolution, accelerometer and touch capabilities. The VGA resolution is one of the highest among smartphones. As a quick comparison the much larger 3.5-inch LCD on Apple’s iPhone has a resolution of just 480 x 320.

Specifications

  • Display: 2.8-inch, 65K Color, Touch (Resistive) TFT LCD
  • Camera: 3 Megapixel Autofocus (JPG)
  • Memory: 4GB Flash
  • Video Playback: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV (VGA @ 30fps)
  • Network: HSPA (7.2Mbps/2.0Mbps), Tri-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM, Dual-Band UMTS, 3G (900/1200), 2G (900/1800/1900)
  • Connectivity: WiFi BG with WPA Encryption, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, mini-USB 2.0, GPS (Voice-Prompted Turn-by-Turn Directions)
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
  • CPU: 5280MHz Qualcomm 7200A
  • Location-Based Applications: Real-Time Traffic Information, Gas Prices, Flight Times, Weather, White Pages, Google Local Search, Geo-Tagged SMS/Email/Photo Sharing
  • Other: Car Mount Included, OPERA Internet Browser, ActiveSync for Outlook
  • Battery: 920mAh Replaceable Lithium
  • Talk Time: 3G – Up to 3 Hours, 2G – Up to 2.8 Hours
  • Dimensions: 95.3 x 52.5 x 12.8mm
  • Weight: 99g (Including Battery)

The nuvifone M20 is also available in Hong Kong with launches in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand to follow soon. Asustek will be focusing on Asian customers while Garmin will set its eyes on customers in the US.

The Possibilities I wonder whether the nuvifone M20 would have been a more compelling smartphone if two things were changed: the OS and the touch technology. Instead of Windows Mobile if Garmin-Asus decided to go with Android (the mobile OS from Google) the touch technology could have been improved to capacitive. I would have liked that more.

Here is a video from MobileBurn.com:

Source: Mobiletor.com, Garmin-Asus

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