Back at GSMA 2009, I spotted a mysterious Mio GPS Phone (pictured below) at the Microsoft booth but couldn't find much information on the device other than what was printed on the spec card. Well, it looks the mystery smartphone had its official coming-out party on the opening day of the CeBIT 2009.
On Tuesday, Mio Technology took the wraps off its Mio Explora K70 GPS Phone, a Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone with an integrated Qualcomm gpsOne chipset. The handset offers turn-by-turn navigation and quad-band connectivity (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) with 3.5G support (HSDPA/HSUPDA 850/1900/2100). The Explora K70 also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The slim device (4.5 inches high by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick; 4 ounces) features a 3.5-inch touch screen with a 400x240 pixel resolution and a customizable Mio Menu for quick access to contacts, applications, and more. The K70 also has a 3-megapixel camera with photo geo-tagging abilities.
Pricing and availability date were not released at this time. I talked to my contact at Mio, and he said there are no set plans to bring the Mio Explora K70 to the States in the near future, though it may be a possibility down the road since the company is trying to expand its portfolio beyond in-car GPS.
Of course, just because the smartphone won't be offered by a U.S. carrier doesn't mean you're completely out of luck. You can always buy the Mio Explora K70 unlocked whenever it becomes available. We'll keep you updated on the release details and hopefully, we can get our hands on one to test out.