Big phones; big deals
Garmin launches GPS smartphones
Satellite navigation specialists Garmin have teamed up with ASUS computers to produce a brace of GPS smartphones.
Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Garmin's president said the sat nav maker is entering the mobile market with the computer giant because "location is relevant to everything you do."
The Android-powered A50 boasts all the advantages of a smartphone with the added bonus of Garmin's GPS expertise.
The A50 comes with preloaded maps so there's no need to wait for third party maps to download from a server. Also, with its in-built GPS, users won't lose turn-by-turn voice-prompted navigation if they lose a mobile signal.
The phone comes with a powered cradle windscreen mount to making it more convenient as an in-car navigation device.
The Android-powered A50 has the added benefit of Google Maps and Street View, with its 3D mapping of popular landmarks.
Like the A50, Garmin's second offering from the show - the Windows-powered M10 - gets a 3.5-inch touchscreen display but with a soft QWERTY keyboard for quicker text typing.
Its 3D task manager lets users switch quickly between applications running simultaneously.
The M10 gets 512MB of RAM and both Garmin's new phones come with 4GB of built-in Flash memory to store thousands of music and photo files.
Both phones will be available in the first half of 2010 and no prices have been announced.