Short Garmin-Asus M10 preview


ZDnet Asia just posted a short write-up about the newly announced Garmin-Asus M10 Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone. There isn’t much to learn from it besides the actual price of the device which is said to be around $354. The M10 is also expected to be launched soon in Taiwan (and in mid-march in Asia).

One of the complaints we had about the M20 was its small 2.8-inch VGA display which makes in-car navigation impractical. The new M10 improves on this with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, which should help when you need to take a quick glance at the map while driving.

Another impressive specification on the M10 is its 512MB RAM. That’s a lot of memory for running applications and should go some way in making the device more responsive for users. Furthermore, there’s 512MB ROM for installing apps, another 4GB of storage built-in and even a microSD card slot if you need even more space.

Source: ZDNEt Asia & Garmin-Asus

Garmin-Asus M10 announced and available for pre-order


Gamrin-Asus jumped the gun and announced the M10 before MWC. The Garmin-Asus M10is the first officially announced Windows Mobile 6.5.3(Maldives) smartphone. As you can see in the specs sheet below, the devices, packs a Qualcomm MSM 7227 @600MHZ, 512Mb of Ram & 512Mb of ROM, 4Gb of internal storage and a MicroSD slot. The 3.5″ WVGA touchscreen is said to be resistive. the whole package also includes a car-holder as is priced at 13,900 TWD ($435).

Source: Garmin-Asus via Engadget

Garmin-Asus set to unveil Android & Windows Mobile handsets at MWC


ZDNet.tw and Digitimes are reporting that Garmin-Asus is planning to unveil their first Android based smartphone in a few weeks at MWC in Barcelona. Benson Lin, president of Asustek’s handheld device business unit also said that the company is aiming to launch 4-5 new Windows Mobile or Android phones in 2010. In addition to the Android handset Garmin-Asus will launch the M10 Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device powered by a Qualcomm MSM722รจ @600Mhz with a 3.5″ WVGA resisitive touchscreen. Interestingly ZDNet.tw is now calling WM6.5.3 by its real codename: Maldives. If you remember, they were the first to mention it a few months ago but got it confused with the Windows Mobile 7 Beta that will probably be available to OEMs shortly.

Source: ZDNet & Digitimes