Satnav manufacturer Garmin will partner with PC manufacturer Asus to build a range of Nuvifone smartphones.
The move comes more than a year after Garmin first announced plans to make the devices. The new partnership will offer several devices in the next few months and is likely to use Google Android, Windows Mobile and Linux platforms.
The Nuvifones will come with an enhanced GPS system, including maps and data to help drivers to navigate more clearly. The phones will also have a social networking feature, called ‘Ciao!’, that will have location-based capabilities.
Asus, which already has experience making smartphones and mobile phones, will create a new smartphone division as a result of the partnership.
Garmin’s original Nuvifone was announced in January 2008 but was delayed because it lacked the experience to manufacturer a whole range of smartphones.
Asus and Garmin will be showing the Nuvifones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 16 February.