January 2010 Issue, Mobile World
In conjunction with the opening of the PIKOM PC Fair 2009, M3 Asia introduced its newest Personal Navigation Device (PND) from Papago, the R5890. Coupled with an internal storage capacity of 2GB, the R5890 has wide-5-inch touch-screen which may come across as a little bulky for some users. THe R5890 also supports SD card extensions, and can make use of a Bluetooth connection.
According to Lester Francis, Executive Director for M3 Asia, the company currently sells around 500 Papago 5800 units every month and hopes to see the same number of sales for its R5890. While the R5890 currently has maps for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, it is also looking to include maps from Thailand and Indonesia in the near future. On another note, M3 Asia has also featured its Papago software for the Android and Windows Mobile platforms for users to install on their phones, allowing them to access its GPS service. Currently, the Papago software is supported by all Samsung and HTC phones, except for the HTC Tattoo. The R5890 and the Papago for Android and Windows Mobile will be retailing for RM949 and RM149 respectively.