Garmin-Asus has launched its first Android powered Navigation smartphone to be launched in India, the Garmin-Asus A10 Smartphone that is powered by Android v2.1 Eclair operating system offering full multi-tasking capabilities and is packed with some unique features to help users access their applications faster and easier.
Interestingly, Garmin-Asus’s earlier launched Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M10 GPS Device/Smartphone was powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system and that appeared more a dedicated GPS based navigational device than smartphone.
The much anticipated Garmin Asus A10 smartphone is the first Android powered Navigation smartphone to be launched in India and is just second handset (first being Nuvifone M10) featuring Smart3 phone encompassing a phone, powerful internal GPS navigation device & social media tool, all packed in one slim, ergonomic and stylish package. “Smart3” aptly describe the M10 as the gateway to Smart Phone, Smart Navigation & Smart Lifestyle.
The Garmin-Asus A10 smartphone is powered by latest version of Google Android v2.1 Eclair operating system for mobile devices, essentially making it a multi-tasking capable mobile computer allowing Internet browsing, streaming videos, playing games, emailing, creating documents and many more capabilities are readily available at just a touch of the finger-friendly 3.2-inch screen.
The Garmin Asus M10 smartphone is quad band GSM and 3G HSDPA network ready handset that is equipped with 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor and includes 512-MB RAM along with 512-MB ROM which is expandable up to 16GB with a microSD card for multimedia files and more, ensuring entertainment like music and videos are always available.
The device also features built-in Accelerometer sensor for auto display rotate, Digital Compass, and offers multi-touch input method and sports a large 3.2-inch, 256K color capable, 320 x 480 resolution resistive touchscreen display.
The Garmin-Asus A10 offering users seamless data connectivity with exhaustive options that includes 3G HSDPA 3.6Mbps download speed wireless connection, GPRS class 10, EDGE class 10, Bluetooth v2.0+EDR and A2DP stereo wireless connection and WiFi 802.11 802.11b/g wireless LAN connection. It uses a microUSB port to connect to the PC and to charge.
Garmin-Asus A10 also features a 5.0 Megapixel auto-focus camera with maximum 2592 x 1944 pixel still picture resolution along with Geo-Tagging feature in addition to a front facing VGA resolution secondary camera for video calling on 3G network.
The device’s highlighted feature includes built-in GPS with A-GPS support running Garmin’s proprietary car and pedestrian navigation technology and provides users easy city navigation using the built-in Point of Interest (POI) database displaying several interesting point of interest in nearby locations such as public transport info and shops and establishments.
The Garmin-Asus A10 supports Google Mobile Services that includes apps for Gmail and YouTube and comes with built-in access to Google Android Market featuring an estimated 100,000 free high quality applications ready to download.
Garmin-Asus A10 smartphone also comes packed with social media features like MSN Messenger, Facebook widget, Youtube widget & Picasa uploader, allowing users easy and single link update social network with real-time information such as locations, statuses as well as pictures and videos captured with the 5 mega-pixels camera.
Supported by the advanced Garmin GPS navigation technology, even in undesirable weather conditions, the Garmin-Asus A10 handset offers an impressive time to first fix (TTFT) (timeframe to acquire a satellite lock) of 33 seconds.
For India market, Garmin-Asus A10 comes preloaded with map data from Navteq for 62 largest cities in India and with its impressive large 3.2-inch display, the smartphone ensures a clear and precise view of maps and information such as speed, directions and estimated time of arrival besides offering a Junction View and Lane Assist feature, which realistically displays approaching exits and road signs, an advantage for users navigating on roads with sometimes confusing exit ramps.
Other features include MP3 audio media player supporting MP3/eAAC+/WAV files, video media player supporting MP4/H.263/H.264 files, document viewers, and photo editor application.
Price and Availability
The Garmin-Asus A10 GPS enabled smartphone comes with 1500 mAh battery and is available in India for Rs. 18,990/- with one year warranty.