Garmin Asus Nuvifone A50 – Android based phone with turn-by-turn driving and walking Navigation

The Garmin Asus Nuvifone A50 was officially announced today. It’s a touchscreen Android phone which includes Garmin navigation with turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions for driving  or while walking.

It carries the tagline Location is relevant to everything you do

“The A50 brings premium navigation features to the Android operating system, offering users a seamless location based experience along with access to the wealth of applications that the platform affords,” said Benson Lin, vice president and general manager of ASUS’ personal mobile devices business unit, handheld business group.

“Location is relevant to everything you do,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. “The A50 integrates navigation and GPS functionality throughout the device, which gives customers the versatility and reliability they need as they navigate their day.”

Nuvifone A50 Features and Specs

  • 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display ( finger friendly)
  • The QWERTY touchscreen keyboard
  • 4GB internal storage
  • expandable microSD card slot,
  • Accelerometer
  • Access to applications via android market
  • Powerful enterprise email capability
  • High-sensitivity GPS receivers with Garmin navigation
  • 3 mega-pixel camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging
  • multi-touch capable WebKit browser
  • Integration with Google mobile services with one-click access to Google Search by voice, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, calendar, contacts and Android Market
  • Street View in Google Maps and 3D landmark images.
  • Preloaded, apps through Garmin-Asus’ connected services, which includes real-time, location-relevant information like weather, traffic, fuel prices, safety cameras, flight status. Connected services information varies by country.
  • On-device sync with Microsoft Exchange server, with the ability to wirelessly synchronize contacts, calendar and enterprise email.
  • Garmin navigation is preloaded on the A50 and maps are installed on the device and supports offline navigation.
  • The phone comes with a custom Garmin car mount and vehicle power cable.

Garmin Asus nuvifone A50 Price Availability

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50 is expected to be available in Europe in the first half of 2010. Pricing has not yet been revealed but will be announced soon.

The A50 will be on display at the Garmin-Asus booth (Hall 8, #8B127) at Mobile World Congress, February 15-18, 2010 and we will be bring you live footage from there and probably a hands on video too.

The phone looks like a great device from the specs but how does it fare in reality . Stay tuned for our MWC 2010 live coverage

Author: Varun Krish

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