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Garmin Asus launches A10 , its first Android Navigation phone

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image006Garmin-Asus, the co-branded alliance between Garmin and AsusTek has launched Garmin-Asus A10, its first Android navigation smartphone for the Indian users. The Garmin-Asus A10 is a touchscreen smartphone working on Android 2.1 (Éclair) platform. This phone has multiple navigation modes like Professional Pedestrian Navigation and In-car Navigation.

This phone boasts on features like “Geotagging” wherein a geotagged photo can be sent to friends who can then initiate navigation to the location by simply clicking on it. It also supports services like Ciao, Flight Status, Currency convertor and Weather Updates.Detailed maps are preloaded on the A10 so that users do not have to pay and wait for third party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage. The A10 also features pedestrian navigation functionality and an electronic compass, making it ideal for city navigation. There is also a feature named “Walking Mode”, where pedestrian navigation on the A10 is free of charge to use. The A10 can be readily used in used as it comes with a audio mount that magnifies the volume of the handset’s voice commands. The car mount automatically switches the A10 to hands-free mode when the phone is docked and records the final GPS location when the phone is removed, enabling users to home in on their parking locations with ease. The car mount features will be sold separately.Once mounted, the car mount will recharge the phone automatically. A built-in speaker of car mount amplifies the volume of calls and of sounds from the handset.
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The A10 features a 3.2” capacitive multi-touch screen and a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera that automatically geotags images with an exact location reference. The A10 is equipped with 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. This phone comes with a long-lasting 1500mAh battery. The A10 also comes with a large built-in point of interest (POI) database and provides real-time information on weather, gas prices, parking lot availability, movie showtimes, public transportation, and more. These Connected Services can be accessed instantly via the A10’s “click and go” function.

The A10 integrates Google mobile services with one-click access to Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, calendar, contacts and Android Market, where users can find thousands of applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyles. 510 MB of memory is dedicated exclusively to applications.

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The Garmin-Asus A10 will be offered in major metro cities including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata at INR 18,990.

Specification of Garmin Asus A 10 :

Networks

HSDPA DL:7.2Mbps UL: 384Kpbs,UMTS 900/ 2100

EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900,

OS

Android 2.1 (Eclair) ; Upgradable to Android 2.2 Froyo platform

CPU

Qualcomm 7227 600MHz

Memory

512 MB SDRAM + 512MB ROM, 4GB eMMC Flash

Connectivity

Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, USB v2.0, WLAN 802.11b+g

GPS

Qualcomm GPSOne–Gen7 (AGPS supported)

Display

3.2 HVGA TFT with capacitive touch , 65Kcolors

Camera

5 megapixel, Auto Focus

Battery

1500mAh Lithium

Standby Time

530-660 hours(2G/3G)

Talking Time

300-360 minutes(2G/3G)

Expansion Slot

microSD (supports SDHC, up to 32GB)

Browser

HTTP / Google browser

Messaging

SMS / MMS / Email / Push email

Video

Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264/H.263/WMV @ 30fps VGA

Video Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ 30fps QVGA

Audio

Mp3/mpeg4/wma/aac, aac+, aac+/wav/midi/ogg/3.5mm earphone jack

Point of Interests (PoI)

1.5 million PoIs across 65 cities .



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