Garmin-ASUS A50 Details Emerge


Long long ago, in a galaxy much like our own, Garmin-ASUS announced that they would release an Android device. Considering that MWC is just around the corner, we should start seeing a lot of things that were promised to us a long time ago, like the Garmin-ASUS A50. The A50 is GPS manufacturer Garmin-ASUS’ first venture into the world of Android devices, and it looks to be a good one. For starters, we all know that this device will be packin’ some serious GPS capabilities, like three different ways to pin-point your location and Garmin’s very own turn-by-turn navigation (you know, the kind with maps, traffic… all that good stuff). Another really interesting thing about the A50 is that it supports multiple 3G bands, which would depend on the carrier it goes to. That means T-Mobile, AT&T, and a couple other European service providers could all carry the A50 no problem. The only catch is that there wouldn’t be one A50 with all those bands, just multiple versions. Hit the jump for the full on spec list.

Networks: HSDPA Cat 8 7.2Mbps, HSPA / WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 21001, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, GPRS EDGE Class 12
Platform: Android 1.6 with Breeze UI
CPU: Qualcomm 7227 ARM 11, 600MHz
Memory: 4GB Flash + 256 MB SDRAM + 256 MB ROM
Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b+g, USB v2.0 (HS), Bluetooth 2.1
GPS: Qualcomm GPSOne, Assisted GPS, Aided GPS and standalone GPS supported
Display: 3.5″, HVGA 320 x 480, TFT capacitive touch
Camera: 3 Mega-Pixel, Auto Focus
Others: Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, e-compass, accelerometer
Battery: 1150mAh Lithium Ion
Standby Time: 250 hours
Talk Time: up to 3 hours
Expansion Slot: micro-SD™ (support SDHC)
Browser: WebKit browser
Messaging: SMS / IM / MMS
Email: MAP, POP3, Exchange
Exchange Support: Calendar, contacts, e-mail
Video Playback: MPEG4 / H.264 / H.263 / WMV
Video Recording: MPEG4 & H.263 with audio via AMR-NB
Streaming: Audio / Video
Audio/Ringtone: MP3 / WMA / AMR-NB / AAC / AAC+ / AAC+V2 / eAAC+, SP-MIDI
Advance Navigation/LBS feature: European maps & POIs, Connected Services2, Indoor location3, Junction view with lane assist3, Where am I?, Where’s My Car Parked?, Track Logs & Route Planning
Phone Applications: Google™ Search / Gmail™ / Google Calendar™ / Google Talk™ / Google Maps™ with Street View / YouTube™ / Picasa™ / Panoramio™ / Android Market™

Android 1.6, ARM11 600mhz processor… As you can see, this is turning out to be pretty nice. Throw in a car mount and car power cable (included with purchase), you got quite the deal on your hands. Garmin is pretty smart for using a widely accepted and more known OS for this device considering that stand-alone GPS units will be a thing of the past before you know it. We expect to see a lot more of the A50 at MWC so be on the lookout for details. In the meantime, anyone ready to ditch that car mounted GPS for something a little more multitasking?

Via Android Authority

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