Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 Packs an Android OS, Great GPS

garmin-asus-nuvifoneNew mobile gadgets are starting to crowd the wire this morning in preparation for the World Mobile Congress 2010 next week. Today, Garmin and Asus announced their co-branded Android-powered smartphone, the Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50. The companies say the A50 sports the personalization and enhanced features offered by the Android platform, while also including Garmin’s navigation with turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions and location-based features that are designed into email, text messaging, and photos.

“The A50 brings premium navigation features to the Android operating system, offering users a seamless location based experience along with access to the wealth of applications that the platform affords,” said Benson Lin, vice president and general manager of ASUS’ personal mobile devices business unit, handheld business group.

The A50 has a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, QWERTY touchscreen keyboard, predictive text helps customers type faster, 4GB internal storage, an expandable microSD card slot, 20,000 applications, on-device sync with Microsoft Exchange server, and accelerometer to view the screen in portrait or landscape mode.

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50 is should be available in Europe in the first half of 2010, while more details on pricing and availability, according to the companies’ statement, will be given in the near future.