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February 10, 2010

Garmin-Asus unveils new Windows Mobile-based smartphone

Features 3.5-inch WVGA display, 5 mega-pixel camera and 3D task manager

By CBR Staff Writer

Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin, and ASUSTeK Computer, has unveiled the Garmin-Asus M10, a smartphone powered by the new version of Windows Mobile from Microsoft.

According to Garmin-Asus, the M10 is equipped with a 3.5-inch WVGA display, billboard feature, 3D task manager, 1500 mAh battery, 5 mega-pixel camera, Qwerty keyboard, HSDPA wireless connectivity and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), 512 RAM and 512 ROM, and 4GB of flash memory. In addition, it can be synched to Microsoft Exchange.

The smartphone is designed with location information, with navigation functions being linked to frequently used applications. It has a highway mode that tells drivers the next three upcoming street exits, and also includes a powered cradle and windshield mount. In addition, it supports access to social websites, including access to Facebook and Picasa Web Albums.

Benson Lin, vice president and general manager of personal mobile devices business unit at Asus, said: “The Garmin-Asus M10 is our answer to people’s need for work-life balance. The M10 runs Windows Mobile, making it the ideal smartphone for business use, while its smart navigation capabilities, comprehensive social networking features and connected services enable users to lead a truly smart lifestyle. The M10 is the phone for the new smart era.”

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