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Next week to see launch of first Garmin-Asus smartphones in Taiwan
Garmin-Asus smartphones

Taiwan will see the availability of the first smartphones, from the new joint venture between GPS device maker Garmin and electronics vendor Asustek Computer, next week; and in the coming months, the whole world will gain access to the new Garmin-Asus smartphones.

Garmin-Asus said Friday: “The Nuvifone G60, which has a 3.55-inch touchscreen and uses a Linux OS, will be in stores July 27 in Taiwan and then in Singapore and Malaysia by the end of August. The smartphone will be available in Europe and the U. S. later this year.”

The price tag of the smartphone in Taiwan will be NT$16,999 (US$519), and it would be available at the retail stores on the island. However, the information regarding pricing, and where the handsets can be purchased in other markets, will come to scene in a few months.

In addition, the stores in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand will welcome the arrival of the Nuvifone M20, which has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, next month; while Europe will do the same later this year.

The price tags will be revealed when the launch dates come closer.