Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 Android Satnav Phone Announced

As well as introducing the Garmin-Asus nuvifone M10 just this morning, Garmin-Asus have also unveiled the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 smartphone. The A50 is an Android based smartphone that also includes all the Garmin satnav software heavily integrated in to the Android OS.

By using Google [GOOG] Android as the operating system on the A50, Garmin-Asus are able to customise things even more. Navigation is integrated in to almost all the applications which includes email, text messaging and even photos.

‘The A50 integrates navigation and GPS functionality throughout the device, which gives customers the versatility and reliability they need as they navigate their day.

The hardware specs show that the nuvifone A50 has a 3.5 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen. There is no physical keyboard on the A50, so users will need to use the onscreen QWERTY one instead. Memory wise it has 4GB of internal storage that can be increased by using a microSD card.

Like the Windows Mobile M10 version, the A50 also supports Exchange which Garmin-Asus say can not only connect to email, but also sync calendar and contacts too.

Location based services are provided by mixing GPS with network-based services allowing for the phone to know where it is when a GPS signal is not available. With the mapping technology also installed on the device rather than relying on an on-line system it allows for navigation to be used when no signal is possible.

Garmin-Asus mention in their press release that multi-touch can be used on the device. It isn’t clear if multi-touch will be restricted in some locations though as is the case with many other devices.

As with the nuvifone M10, the nuvifone A50 Android device is expected to be launched in the first half of this year.

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