Bargain hunters looking for a new ultraportable this Christmas could do well to hold off until the new year, as ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has announced the company plans to launch an Android-based Smartbook in Q1 2010 that could be priced at around $180. ASUS were among the companies demonstrating Smartbook prototypes - based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor - back in June, but since then have downplayed their involvement with the format.
It's only taken them a couple of years, but Garmin have finally announced a release of the nuvifone G60 in the US. As of October 4th the touchscreen GPS-centric handset will arrive on AT&T, priced at $299 following a $100 mail-in rebate and assuming you're willing to sign two years of your cellular life away to the carrier.
Looks like Garmin aren't going to take the rise in PND apps for smartphones lying down: an anonymous source has just officially outed specifications for the Garmin nuvi 1690 we've been seeing recently, together with its bigger siblings the nuvi 1820 and 1860. The 1820 and 1860 are the first two models from Garmin's new nuvi 1800-series, with 4.8-inch WVGA touchscreens, WiFi and Bluetooth, and - in the case of the 1860 at least - a 3-megapixel camera with geotagging.
Details of the upcoming Garmin nuvi 1690 connected PND are quietly being outed, courtesy of both the FCC and the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group). The latter have confirmed that the touchscreen satnav will not only have Bluetooth but go on sale in both Europe and North America, while the former have released the 1690's quick-start manual [pdf link].
A new Garmin PND , the nuvi 1690, has passed through the FCC [pdf link], and it seems to have learned some connectivity tricks from its nuvifone cousins. The nuvi 1690 includes not only Bluetooth but GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, presumably offering real-time traffic downloads among other things.
Garmin-ASUS have announced that the long-awaited nuvifone G60 touchscreen GPS cellphone will go on sale in Taiwan on July 27th, followed by a Singaporean and Malaysian launch in August alongside the Windows Mobile-based nuvifone M20. The G60 should then arrive in Europe and the US in the second half of this year, as previously reported, while the M20 will bypass the US altogether but hit Europe, again, in 2H09.
Garmin launched their latest GPS line up today with the Dakota 10 and 20, both devices are intended for outdoor used. They even sport a rugged format meant for use on hikes and other outdoor activities.
Both models feature a touchscreen and 850MB of memory. They can be synced with PCs and Macs for geocaching. The Dakota 10 has USB for data transfer, but the 20 sports wireless connectivity.
It also has a microSDHC card slot. Both come with worldwide maps and terrain maps plus the City Navigator NT maps. Expected to ship in August, these GPS devices are set to cost $299 and $349, respectively.