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No one expected this. Today in New York, Garmin, the name synonymous with GPS and personal navigation announced a full-fledged smartphone with the capabilities so many people have been pining for, GPS. The HSDPA enabled smartphone operates on it’s own operating system with e-mail, web browsing, and camera functionality.

It’s too soon to say which carrier this will be on (we, like others predict AT&T), but we do know it will feature the following:

  • Google local search
  • Garmin Online services – traffic, weather, fuel prices, hotel discounts, etc.
  • nuvi-like navigation on the road or in pedestrian mode
  • Email, text, IM functions
  • Camera, video camera, MP3 and MPEG4/AAC

More images after the jump.

What this means to you: Look for the Garmin nüvifone to release in the 3rd quarter of 2008 and we guarantee those iPhone owners out there are doing second-takes – right – about – now.

Cost: TBD @ Garmin

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