Satnav maker Garmin has joined forces with phone and laptop maker Asus to create the Nuvifone M20 smartphone.
Garmin does well in Which? satnav tests, so we expect the M20’s satnav to perform well – though several other phones including Apple’s iPhone, have satnav built in.
You can also buy Garmin Mobile XT software as an extra for some smartphones.
Viewing and editing
The M20 will feature a Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, that will allow viewing and editing of documents and spreadsheets through Office Mobile software.
There’s also a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 3Mp camera, Wi-Fi and either 4 or 8GB of internal memory.
For help choosing the best satnav check out our review of around 90 satnavs.
Garmin and Asus
The M20 isn’t the first Garmin-Asus phone creating interest. Early last year, we revealed that Garmin-Asus was going to launch its first phone, which was the G60. This phone has a large display, at 3.55 inches. However, the G60 has yet to reach the shops.
Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phones expert, said: ‘Hopefully Garmin will have more success launching the M20 than it has had with the G60, which was introduced at Mobile World Congress 2008 and which still hasn’t reached the shops.
‘This delay has seen the major phone manufacturers seize the initiative and introduce their own satnav-equipped handsets – it will be interesting to see whether the M20 and G60 can improve on their efforts.’
Both the M20 and G60 have a new feature called Ciao!. This allows you to see find someone’s location on a map and helps you navigate towards them.
For help choosing the best mobile phone, check out our mobile phone reviews.
Garmin-Asus says it will announce prices and availability for both phones sometime in the first half of this year.
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