We waited FOREVER for Garmin-Asus to release their first phone and when they did, no Android was in tact. But the company’s are finally fulfilling their promise by launching the Garmin Nuvifone A50 and MobileBurn got a hands on opportunity:
Do you see the UI? That looks NOTHING like Android and is obviously heavily modified. It’s called the Breeze UI and is the same experience Garmin currently offers on their AT&T, non-Android Nuvifone. Speaking of which, no carriers have been announced but we would expect AT&T to be a sensible/viable option on launch.
As for specs:
- 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™
I’m eager to learn more about the Breeze UI on this and it’ll be interesting to see how Garmin/ASUS position this… or the carriers they run on. How will the navigation experience compare to Google Navigation? Is this on your wish list?
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- Check out the Garmin-ASUS Nuvifone A50 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.