Garmin Asus goes Android

PETALING JAYA: Garmin Asus, the co-branded alliance between the GPS giant and Taiwanese hardware maker Asus, has a new so-called "navigation smartphone" out, and this time, it's running on Google's Android operating system.

On paper, the Garmin Asus A10 is a pretty full-featured smartphone - it runs on Android 2.1, has a 3.2in (640 x 240-pixel) capacitive screen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM and of course, built-in WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS.

On top of that, the Garmin Asus A10 has an additional 510MB of flash memory dedicated for application storage and another 4GB built-in for document and multimedia storage (but not applications) as well as a microSD card expansion slot.

This being an Android-based phone, you also get the extensive collection of free downloadable applications from the Android Marketplace.

What makes it deserving of the Garmin name, however, is that it comes built-in with Garmin's highly-regarded navigation software that Asus claims has the same feature set as Garmin's standalone Nuvi 1460 car navigation GPS.

This means that the phone has lane guidance, junction view and even audio street name announcements and speed limit warnings.

On top of that, the Garmin software also features an all-new pedestrian navigation function, which makes it easier for those who prefer to walk.

Users can also opt for an optional RM249 car kit which comes with a car charger and a suction cup holder with a built-in speaker so you can get clearer and louder voice navigation instructions.

The Garmin Asus A10 has a recommended retail price of RM1,399.


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