Just a days before Mobile World Congress, Garmin-Asus today unveiled their nuvifone A50, the company’s first Google Android OS device.
The A50 will come loaded with location-based features, including geotags for digital photos, texts, and emails in addition to a host of Google services like YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps.
Location, Location, Location
Garmin-Asus touts the A50 as an “Android smartphone with more location technology than any other smartphone.” The A50 will receive all location information from Garmin’s satellite, network, and terrestrial sources. All maps will be preloaded on the A50, meaning the device retains Garmin navigation even if the cell loses reception.
In addition, the device will feature additional apps for weather, traffic, fuel price, safety camera, and flight status information. Garmin did not mention pricing for these services, but there was a monthly fee for similar features on the Nuvifone G60.
City-based users can also download cityXplorer for public transit information and navigation using the A50’s e-compass.
The nuviphone A50 will have a 3.5 inch HVGA capacitive Touchscreen with an accelerometer, 4GB internal storage, microSD slot, 3 megapixel camera, and a multitouch capable WebKit browser.
The device will also sync with Exchange servers for business users. For drivers, the A50 will ship with a car mount and vehicle power cable.
Pricing and Availability
The nuvifone A50 is slated for European release during the first half of 2010. There is no word on US availability or pricing.