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Garmin-Asus announces Windows Mobile-based nuvifone M20

We'd been secretly holding out hope that Garmin-Asus would pull an Android piece out of its pocket in time for MWC next week, but it's looking pretty unlikely with the announcement of the M20. The second model in the nuvifone series following the G60, the new piece runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and features a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen, quadband EDGE / triband HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps, WiFi, Bluetooth, and -- naturally -- Garmin-provided satellite navigation. You'll also find support for real-time traffic, weather, movie times, and other tidbits of information you're probably interested in when you're navigating, either 4 or 8GB of onboard storage, and a service Garmin is calling Ciao! -- basically a friend-finder along the lines of Google's Latitude. Look for pricing and availability to be announced in the first half of the year. Check out the gallery below, and the full spec sheet after the break.

[Via MarketWatch]

  • APAC/EU: 3G 900/2100; 2G 900/1800/1900

  • NA: 3G 850/1900; 2G 850/1800/1900

  • Other Connectivity: 802.11 b/g WLAN; Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; mini USB 2.0

  • OS: Microsoft Windows® Mobile Professional 6.1

  • Dimensions: 95.3 x 52.5 12.8 mm

  • Weight: 99g (including battery)

  • Display: 2.8", VGA 640 x 480, 65K, TFT with touch lens

  • Display Resolution: 640 x 480

  • Camera/Photos: 3MP camera, JPG format with auto-focus and geotagging. View photos in JPG/PNG/GIF/BMP format

  • Flash Memory: 4 GB or 8GB

  • Audio: Built-in microphone & speaker; Ring tone supported formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB

  • Headphone Jack: mini-USB

  • Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264/H.263/WMV @ 30fps VGA

  • Video Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ 15fps QVGA; Streaming Audio/Video

  • Messaging: SMS / MMS / Email / MSN / Push Email (POP3/SMTP/IMAP) / Microsoft Exchange Email

  • Internet: OPERA browser, HTML, WAP 1.2.1/2.0

  • Sync: ActiveSync® for Outlook contacts calendar, media and documents

  • Productivity: Document viewing: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF

  • CPU: Qualcomm 7200A 528MHz

  • Battery: 920 mAh Lithium (replaceable)

  • Talk Time: 3G: 3 hours / 2G: 2.8 hours

  • Others: Accelerometer