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A10 is the very first Android release in India, from Garmin-Asus. Just one thing to quote, “Specs are highly impressive! Price, is even more.”

Launched today, is the Garmin-Asus A10, an Android 2.1 powered device, not being a Snapdragon but it’s Qualcomm 7227 600MHz CPU. It’s got 5MP primary camera, with autofocus; A-GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity; 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM, expandable memory of upto 32GB (microSD.) The 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen display supports multi-touch input (not sure about pinch-to-zoom ). The best part is, it’s upgradable to Froyo (Android 2.2.) Froyo is the current fastest, most optimised Android version. Mostly, new devices support Froyo upgrades. Know more about Froyo right here.

And, the price is… Rs. 18,990. With one of the best navigational software by “Garmin,” good battery life, ample of system memory inside, this price is quite reasonable.

Press Release:

Smart Phone for Smart Movers: Connecting Real and Virtual Worlds

Garmin-Asus A10 – The Advanced Navigation Smartphone foAndroid™ UsersFeatures Built-In Multi Navigation Modes Supporting Professional Pedestrian and In-car Modes

Mumbai, October 21, 2010 — Garmin-Asus, the co-branded alliance between Garmin® Ltd. and ASUSTeK® Computer Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the Garmin-Asus A10 – its first Android Navigation Smartphone for the Indian market. The Garmin-Asus A10 is a powerful touchscreen smartphone that boasts of Garmin’s sophisticated professional vehicle and pedestrian navigation technology and is based on the advanced Android 2.1 (Éclair) platformDesigned for urban professionals who travel frequently within city environments, the A10 offers support for multiple navigation modes like Professional Pedestrian Navigation and In-car Navigation.

On the launch of the A10, Mr. John Chen, Business Head for Mobile Communication Business at ASUS (India) said, “We are extremely pleased to launch the A10 which is our first Android powered Navigation smartphone to be launched in India. The A10 is an extremely powerful smartphone that has navigation capabilities equivalent to Garmin’s premium automotive navigation devices. It enables users to interconnect instantly with other users with unique 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. Equipped with Connected Services like Ciao, Flight Status, Currency convertor and Weather Updates – the A10 is a unique smartphone offering from Garmin-Asus that users will definitely want to carry with themselves at all time.”

Garmin-Asus A10 Navigation Smartphone

The Only Smartphone to Offer Multiple Navigation Options

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. Dubbed “Walking Mode”, pedestrian navigation on the A10 does is free of charge to use. With car-mounting and power accessories included, the A10 is ready for use in an automobile out-of-the-box, and it comes with a powered 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 locationwhen the phone is removed, enabling users to home in on their parking locations with ease. Seamless integration of navigation features completes the perfect in-car experience.

Discovering the Real World: Robust Specifications and Location-based Services

The pocket-sized A10 has a bright 3.2” capacitive multi-touch screen and a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera that automatically geotags images with an exact location reference. Designed to deliver a rich entertainment and productivity experience on the go, the A10 is equipped with abundant memory — 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM — for work documents, multimedia files and applications, as well as a long-lasting 1500mAh battery that ensures outstanding standby and talk times. 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.

Connecting to the Virtual World: Comprehensive Online Capabilities

The A10 has everything users need to stay connected to the people important to them, and to keep updated on the events in their lives. It 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. 510MB of memory is dedicated exclusively to applications, more than ample for over 400 applications.

The Garmin-Asus A10 will be offered in major metro cities including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata at INR 18,990/-. Additional information on Garmin-Asus products is available at www.GarminAsus.com.

Garmin-Asus A10 Navigation Smartphone Main Specifications:

NetworksHSDPA DL:7.2Mbps UL: 384Kpbs,UMTS 900/ 2100 EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900,
OSAndroid 2.1 (Eclair) ; Upgradable to Android 2.2 Froyoplatform
CPUQualcomm 7227 600MHz
Memory512 MB SDRAM + 512MB ROM, 4GB eMMC Flash
ConnectivityBluetooth 2.0+EDR, USB v2.0, WLAN 802.11b+g
GPSQualcomm GPSOne–Gen7 (AGPS supported)
Display3.2 HVGA TFT with capacitive touch , 65Kcolors
Camera5 megapixel, Auto Focus
Battery1500mAh Lithium
Standby Time530-660 hours(2G/3G)
Talking Time300-360 minutes(2G/3G)
Expansion SlotmicroSD (supports SDHC, up to 32GB)
BrowserHTTP / Google browser
MessagingSMS / MMS / Email / Push email
VideoVideo Playback: MPEG4/H.264/H.263/WMV @ 30fps VGA Video Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ 30fps QVGA
AudioMp3/mpeg4/wma/aac, aac+, aac+/wav/midi/ogg/3.5mm earphone jack
Point of Interests (PoI)1.5 million PoIs across 65 cities .

Garmin-Asus A10 Car *Mount Features:

●        When the A10 is mounted, the car mount will automatically recharge the phone.

●        It automatically switches the A10 to hands-free mode.

●        A built-in speaker amplifies the volume of calls and of sounds from the handset.

●        When the A10 is dismounted, it will automatically record the final GPS location.

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