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Asus, Garmin to Launch Nuvifone Smartphone

Asus, Garmin to Launch Nuvifone Smartphone

The companies expect to introduce the device at the Mobile World Congress scheduled later this month

The GPS centric Garmin’s Nuvifone was supposed to be out sometime back in 2008. However, it did not, thanks to a series of delays.

After all this while, the company now claims that the product is finally ready and is close to a release. Garmin added that it has tied up with Taiwanese manufacturer Asus to help them in the development of the Nuvifone. In fact, since early 2008, Asus and Garmin have been working on the Nuvifone. The Nuvifone was touted as a GPS centric touchscreen handset boasting of a 3.5-inch screen, Bluetooth, WiFi and other latest features. However, soon after the announcement, the Apple iPhone 3G hit the market, stealing the thunder from the Nuvifone. Almost after year, the development seems to be in its final stages. The companies expect to introduce the device at the Mobile World Congress scheduled later this month.

Since Garmin’s original plan to introduce the phone by the third quarter of 2008 did not work out, it now aims to release the phone in the very first quarter of 2009. While many expected the announcement to come at the recently concluded CES, the company chose to skip the event and is now expected to announce the new device at the MWC.

Asus, even though not a big player in the mobile phone segment, seems to be enthusiastic about the Nuvifone and expects it to help the company carve a niche for itself in the competitive mobile segme

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