Today, Garmin-ASUS announced the launch of their latest A10 smartphone that is based on Google Android 2.1 platform. The A10 claims to provide the best experiences for users at navigating to their destination comfortably and fast.
Singapore 25 September 2010 — Garmin-ASUS, a co-branded alliance between Garmin Ltd., and ASUSTeK Computer Inc., today announced the Singapore launch of the Garmin-ASUS A10, a touchscreen smartphone based on Google Android platform that boasts Garmin’s professional pedestrian and vehicle navigation. The A10 is using Android v2.1 and is designed for urban professionals who travel frequently whether by foot, car or public transport with its top of the line navigation-centric system.
The A10 comes preloaded with the NAVTEQ map of Singapore and Malaysia and provides accurate turn-by-turn, step-by-step directions when walking or using public transit. Other NAVTEQ map content on the A10 includes speed limit information to enable warnings of potential speed violations while providing information about maximum speed on a road. In addition, intuitive visual cues such as extended lane information helps guide drivers into the most appropriate lane as they approach complex intersections, avoiding difficult last-minute maneuvers.
The Only Smartphone to Offer Multiple Navigation Options
The A10 features distinctive pedestrian navigation functionalities and an electronic compass, making it ideal for city navigation. Both car and pedestrian navigation on the A10 does not entail any GPS data charges. The A10 is also preinstalled with the equivalent capabilities of Garmin 1460 PND worth S$499!
The A10 also features Google Maps with Street View which enables users to take a detailed look at their destinations before embarking on navigation with just one click. The smartphone’s Junction View and Lane Guidance features let users know the exact lanes to turn into at intersections. With its uniquely designed car kit, the A10 is ready for use in an automobile straight out of its packaging. The car kit comprises a powered audio mount that magnifies the volume of the handset’s voice commands. The car mount also 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. With the Fastest Satellite Positioning at 32 seconds and seamless integration of navigation features, the A10 boasts an unparalleled in-car experience.
Discovering the Real World: Robust Specifications and Location-based Services
The pocket-sized A10 has a bright 3.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen and a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera that automatically geotags images with an exact location reference. A geo-tagged photo can be sent to friends who can then initiate navigation to the location by simply clicking on it. Designed to deliver a rich entertainment and productivity experience on the go, the A10 is equipped with abundant memory – 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM – for documents, multimedia files and applications. The A10 is fitted with a 1500mAh battery that ensures uninterrupted navigation, outstanding standby and talk times.
A large built-in point of interest (POI) database in the A10 provides real-time information on weather, movie showtimes, restaurant guides and public transportation such as bus and SMRT services. 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 individual lifestyles.
The A10 also supports Wi-Fi sharing which enables users to access the Internet anytime, anywhere, through any Wi-Fi capable device. The Garmin-Asus A10 will be available from 25 September 2010 at all major telco shops and retailers at S$598 (without contract). Additional information on Garmin-Asus products can be found at sg.garminasus.com.
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