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Garmin-Asus launches M10, India's first WinMo 6.5.3 handset

30 Mar

Garmin and Asus’ teamwork gave us the two phones- the M20 and the G60 in the past.  And now the third phone by this successful partnership is finally in India, a dedicated navigation handheld – the M10. The coolest thing about this one is that, it has got pre-embedded maps of 62 major Indian cities (thanks to Navteq) offering integrated turn-by-turn navigation, lane assistance with junction view and text to speech (reads out road names). There is also a Ciao feature in the handset that will let you know on which road is your friend travelling. Just to sum it up, it’s more like an inclusion of the best GPS device by Garmin into this phone.


On the specs front, it is based on the latest updated version WinMo 6.5.3, sports a 3.5 inch display, a 600 MHz processor by Qualcomm, Wi-Fi, a 5.0 MP camera, VGA video recording, 4 GB of onboard storage and talktime of 8 hours.
Wondering how much you would have to shell out on this one? We’ll say, take a sigh of relief as this one is available in the market for just Rs 19,990.

We have had a chance to take the M10 for a spin and will be posting our first impressions in the coming days.

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Asus launches P835 WinMo handheld in India

5 May

Asus has launched the P835 Windows Mobile handheld in India, today. Priced at Rs 31,900, it is the handset maker’s first 5.0 MP cam phone and features a trackball similar to one found on most BlackBerry handhelds.

The P835 also features a 3.5-inch WVGA display, 4 GB of internal storage, A-GPS, a Qualcomm 7201A processor clocked at 528 MHz and an unbelievable 6 hours of talktime on 3G networks.

The spec sheet claims that it can be used as a Wi-Fi access point that can connect with a maximum of 10 other devices that can share the cellular Internet connection from the device.


Networks HSPA (DL: 7.2Mbps, UL: 2Mbps), UMTS 900/1900/2100

EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Class 12

Operating System Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional
Color Black
Form factor Bar type
Dimensions 115mm x 59mm x 13.8mm
Weight 148g (with battery)
Standby Time 350hrs with 3G and 300hrs with 2G*
Talk Time 6hrs with 3G and 7hrs with 2G*
Display 3.5” TFT, 65K-color Touchscreen, WVGA (800 x 480 pixels)
Processor Qualcomm 7201A 528MHz
Memory 4GB Internal Storage + 288MB SDRAM + 256MB ROM
Expansion Slot MicroSD with SDHC support
Connectivity WLAN 802.11b+g , USB v2.0, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
WAP Browser HTTP /  WAP 1.2.1/2.0
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / MSN / Push Email
Battery 1100mAh Lithium
GPS Yes (AGPS supported)
Business Applications
PIM Word (editor), Excel (editor), PowerPoint (viewer), Adobe Reader, Windows® Live, MSN, Voice Commander** and Push Email (Exchange Server).
Other Features Opera browser, Wi-Fi Access Point, YouTube, Flickr, ASUS Virtual Keyboard, Anytime Launcher, ASUS Today, EziMusic, EziPhoto, Google search and RSS Reader.
Multimedia and Entertainment
Camera 5 Megapixel Auto Focus
Video Record: MPEG4/H.263

Playback: MPEG4/H.264/H.263/WMV  
Video Call, Audio/Video Streaming

Picture Format JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Audio Format MP3, WMA, WAV, AMR, AAC and AAC+
Ringtone Polyphonic (MIDI, 128CH), MP3, WMA and WAV
JAVA J2ME (CLDC 1.1 + MIDP2.0)

Asus indeed working on eeePhone

25 Apr

Asus, the guys who redefined how we use notebooks with their eeePC, are now attempting to do the same to smartphones. Our credible sources tell us that the company is indeed working on an eeePhone that it aims to retail for $100. The same team behind the eeePC is working on this project. It is believed to be a QWERTY keyboard equipped smartphone that would run on a Linux-based platform. Our sources indicate that, for some reason, both Android and Windows Mobile was not workin out for the device. Well, if Asus can do an encore of their performance with the eeePC, we won’t mind that, now would we?

Garmin-Asus to show not one, but two 'nuvifones' at MWC?

12 Feb

Well, it seems that the newly forged alliance between Garmin and Asus is already taking shape. Word on the street is that the joint venture between the two brands will result in not one but two devices under the nuvifone range that will be showcased at MWC next week! Yup, we know that they’d promised us a complete range of nuvifones but for MWC,we were expecting just the good ol’ nuvifone from last year’s show. Well, not anymore!

Update 3: What to expect at MWC '09

4 Feb

Hola! With just about two weeks to go before we pack our bags and camp out in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2009 (MWC 2009), rumourmills are abuzz with what’s likely to happen at the biggest telecom show on the planet. We have got everything from speculation to outright leaks and even spyshots. Yeah, it does kill the excitement of being there at the official press conference but what the heck, who’s complainin’?

Over here, we’ll keep you posted about all product leaks that are headed to be ‘officially’ announced in Barcelona next month. And yeah, remember, these are all rumours so don’t haul us up if something that’s featured here doesn’t get showcased at the event. We’ll keep updating this post till February 15, the eve of MWC 2009.


Update 3: toshiba is expected to launch a 9.9 mm phone with a 4.1 inch WVGA touchscreen that runs on Qualcomm’s 1 GHz SnapDragon platform. For details, click here


Update 3: News just trickling in about a Garmin-Asus strategic alliance. The two companies are working on a portfolio of nuvifone products that will be Garmin-Asus branded. The original nuvifone has been rebranded as G60 and will be displayed at the show. Details can be found over here.


The big daddy of all hardware WiMo and Android has a huge portfolio of WiMo and Android devices to flaunt.The line-up includes an all touchscreen successor of the G1. Check out the 2009 line-up here and the G2 here.


No hidden secrets over here, the Big M from Redmond is expected to announce an update to its Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. The new one, which is likely to be called version 6.5 isn’t expected to bring anything significantly new to the table apart from some touches to the UI.


While everyone is expecting Sammy boy to announce its first Android device at the show, we have been tipped about at least two new WiMo devices with codenames Pivot and Louve. You can read more about them over here.
Update 2: Sammy’s 12 MP super shooter cam phone is revealed, should rear its head at MWC. An upgraded Innov8 and Omnia 16 GB is also on the horizon.
Update 3: Samsung is also expected to announce an application store for its Symbian S60 and WiMo devices. Nine Samsung devices headed for MWC leaked here.


The world’s largest cellphone vendor (and also the most badly hit by a certain smartphone) is not immune to leaks either. In the past week or so, we have seen two devices, both with sliding QWERTY keyboards getting leaked. You can read about the 5730 XpressMusic here and the E75 over here.
Update 1: Rumours about an 8.0 MP camphone to be part of the announcement at MWC.


It is still not clear what LG has hidden up its sleeve but we have stumbled upon the details of a few seemingly interesting devices like the KM900, KT770, GT500, GT810H, GW520 and GW600.
Update 3: LG’s flagship product of the show, Arena KM900, pops up in a phone retail store from Netherland. For details, click here.

Sony Ericsson

The Swedish vendor is infamous for having its announcements leaked days in advance. Till now, we are hearing about the W395, a mid-range Walkman phone and two Cyber-shot devices C901 and C903, both of which will have a 5 MP camera, AF, smile and face detector and the other usual Cyber-shot features.
Update 1: Sony Ericsson is expected to announce seven devices at its MWC press conference. The announcement could include a new device in the XPERIA range and an 8.0 MP Walkman phone.


After acquiring E-Ten last year, Acer will be participating this time around and is likely to introduce a couple of WiMo based devices.


The Chinese vendor has almost confirmed that it’ll bring an Android device to the show.


After rocking CES with the Pre, Palm is expectd to announce a GSM variant of the Pre with a European carrier.


The folks who snubbed Microsoft in the EU and beat it on its own WiMo platform with Opera 9.5 are expected to announce a new browser this time around. We ain’t quite sure what it’s going to be but we do smell a version of the browser for Android and even Symbian S60.


The guys behind Documents To Go Office Suite for mobile devices are expected to announce a version for the iPhone.

Well, that’s about it for the time being but do keep checking this post for more updates as and when they happen.


Garmin, Asus join hands for GPS-enabled devices

4 Feb

Garmin and Asus today announced a strategic alliance that will lead to a portfolio of GPS-enabled devices under the Garmin-Asus brand. The first product of the alliance will be the nuvifone G60, which is the same nuvifone that Garmin showcased last year. The device will be showcased at MWC in Barcelona later this month.

According to the press release, the two companies are working on a complete portfolio of devices in the nuvifone series. It was a well-known fact that Garmin was working with Asus for its original nuvifone that it had showcased in February last year. however, the product witnessed several delays and has not hit shelves yet. The company now expects the device to hit markets in the first half of this year.

Apart from Locastion Based Services, the nuvifone will also feature Ciao! which will be a location based social networking application. We are looking forward to catching up with the nuvifone in Barcelona!

Asus launches P552w with Glide interface

24 Oct

We had been hearing about Asus’ new user interface called the Glide for quite some time. Today, the Taiwan-based brand has announced the first Windows Mobile device with it — the P552w. To be frank, it looks kinda similar to HTC’s TouchFlo interface and the P552w too looks like the HTC Touch. But in all fairness to Asus, they have added a few interesting tricks to the mix. The P552w is available for Rs 27,900 in India.

Excerpts from the press release:

Glide to a New Mobile Experience
Underpinning the ASUS P552w´s revolutionary touch-responsive user interface is its cutting-edge Gester technology that enables users to perform a variety of navigational actions – such as selecting, zooming, scrolling and flipping – easily through simple flicks of their fingers. Incorporated into Glide are also applications that enable users to access a wide range of functions such as looking up the latest news, checking the weather forecast, viewing photo slideshows and listening to music within a few finger taps. These applications, dubbed Multi-Home, Anytime Launcher, EziPhoto, and EziMusic, give the expression “the world at your fingertips” a whole new meaning.

Deep Google Integration
The ASUS P552w features Google Maps* which not only facilitates navigation, but is capable of furnishing users with information on points of interest. The ASUS P552w’s navigation capabilities are further bolstered by a feature known as ASUS SMS Location Link. With this exclusive feature, users at two different locations can locate each other easily by sending each other SMS messages. Clicking on the URLs which are automatically embedded in the sent messages will link the phones up to Google Maps, which will then provide the users with clear directions on how to get to each other’s positions. The ASUS P552w also features a convenient Google Search Bar on the Today screen that makes it easier to perform online queries.

EziPhoto, EziMusic and Other Applications
The ASUS P552w comes preinstalled with applications that allow users to get an easy handle on entertainment. The most exciting of these are EziPhoto and EziMusic. EziPhoto enables users to flip through their photo collection with their fingertips, akin to how they would with a real album. It also has a Calendar option which organizes and displays the thumbnails of photos users have taken according to the dates in which they were snapped, allowing them to relive those moments in chronological order at a single glance. EziMusic offers an interactive interface – complete with exciting animations – for users to play and manage their music, performing each task with colorful aplomb. The ASUS P552w also houses applications that enable easy access to web content like RSS newsfeeds, YouTube movies and photos on Flickr, ensuring that users have a full complement of entertainment options to choose from while out of the house or office.

Networks HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100
EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900, Class 10
Operating System Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional
Color Black or White
Form factor Bar type
Dimensions102 x 60.5 x 14.5 mm
Weight 105g (with battery)
Standby Time 300 hrs with 3G and 250 hrs with 2G**
Talk Time 3 hrs with 3G and 5 hrs with 2G**
Display 2.8″ TFT, Touch Screen 65K color, QVGA 240 x 320 pixels
Processor Marvell Tavor 624MHz
Memory 256MB Flash + 128MB DDR
Expansion Slot MicroSD with SDHC support
Connectivity WLAN 802.11b+g , USB v1.1(FS), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 
WAP Browser HTTP / WAP 1.2.1/2.0
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / MSN / Push E-mail
Battery 1100mAh Li-Ion
GPS SiRF StarIII with internal antenna
Business Applications
PIMWord (editor), Excel (editor), Power Point (viewer), IE, Windows® Live, MSN, Voice Commander and Push Email (Exchange Server). 
Other Features Google Maps, Anytime Launcher, ASUS Today, Multi-Home, EziMusic and EziPhoto.
Multimedia & Entertainment
Camera 2.0 Mega pixel Fixed Focus 
Video Record:MPEG4@QVGA 24fps / H.263@QCIF 24fps
Playback: MPEG4@QVGA 30fps / H.263@QCIF 30fps
Audio/Video Streaming 
Picture Format JPEG, PNG, GIP, BMP
Audio Format MP3, WMA, AAC, and AAC+ 
Ringtone Preinstalled with 20 ringtones and 10 special effect tones 
JAVA J2ME (CLDC 1.1 + MIDP2.0)

Rumour: Asus Galaxy to take on Samsung Omnia

15 Sep

Looks like Asus is planning to take on Samsung’s Omina head on. The phone above is what Asus calls the Galaxy and is apparently headed to O2 in Europe as the XDA II Zest. And if true, the spec sheet should resemble something like this:

Tri-band HSUPA (900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
3.5 inch WVGA display (800×480 pixels)
Windows Mobile 6.1
5 MP camera
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and AGPS connectiity
4 GB flash memory, microSD card slot
Dimensions: 11.5x59x13.8 mm
Trackball, accelerometer

The specs do look fine but we ain’t sure whether Asus’ Glide UI is good enough to take on the Omnia’s uber-cool drag-and-drop-enabled Widgets homescreen.


The new hues of the Asus P320

28 Jul

Asus today announced the availability of two new colours of its P320 Windows Mobile PDA phone. The sub-Rs 13,000 handheld offers an inbuilt GPS receiver, Wi-Fi connectivity and the works. Sounds good, but we are a bit concerned about the TI OMAP 850 processor that has been clocked at just 500 Mhz.

Asus to turn on the style?

28 Jul

Asus has of late been stirring the cellphone cauldron with many models. However, the company is assocoated with products that tend to be functional rather than flashy – good, solid enterprise devices that will get the job done, but which seem just as comfortable within one’s pocket than without.

That might be about to change. According to our (rather senior) sources in Asus, the company is working hard to come out with what it promises will be a “fashionable cellphone” that people would love to flaunt. Details are predictably sketchy at the moment, but going by what we have heard, the device will be a totally touchscreen affair and will runWindows Mobile 6.1. There will be a 3.2 megapixel camera for shutterbugs and GPS for wannabe Columbuses and da Gamas. 

But what caught our attention the most is the news that the device will feature an all-new (yes, yes, “revolutionary”) 
interface – a significant upgrade of the Asus Today skin seen on the P320. The idea is to give users direct access to a number of functions on the home screen itself, saving them the pain of pottering around Windows Mobile’s menus. Of course, our source denied that this represented an attempt to imitate a product by a certain Cupertino company!

We will find out when it hits the market in either late September or early October this year. No news of the price, but knowing Asus, we will wager our last dollar that even if the company fails to deliver on the style front, it sure will serve up value for money.