What happens when a GPS company teams up with a leading hardware manufacturer to produce a phone? The Nuvifone A50 is the first Android-powered device from the new partnership Garmin-Asus.
The device comes equipped with a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen (HVGA), 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 ARM 11 processor, 4GB of internal storage, and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver for location based services.
Powering the Nuvifone A50 is Android 1.6, but it has been heavily modified so that it hardly resembles the original OS. Thankfully, the phone will include all the native Google Android apps including the official Market.
The original Nuvifone (not Android) was launched exclusively on AT&T last year as “The navigation phone”. No United States launch date has been announced, but we would expect to see the Nuvifone A50 also appear on AT&T.
I’m guessing Garmin started working on this phone long before Google released their free Google Maps Navigation service (which works with all Android 1.6+ phones in the U.S.). I think Google’s software offers the best navigation experience and it is only in its first release.
Our friend Michael Orly from Mobile Burn got his hands on a demo unit and posted some early impressions. For a couple of more pics, hit up the source link.