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Well, this isn’t a surprise. The Garminfone (previously known as the A50) has been officially announced by T-Mobile. Yes, you read that right, Garminfone (say it again, slowly this time). As expected, the primary focus of this phone is navigation, and it will come with a charging dash or windshield mount. You will also find a 3 megapixel autofocus cam, microSD expansion up to 32GB, WiFi, and full HSPA alongside Garmin’s own UI over what is believed to be Android 1.6 that emphasizes its navigation capabilities on a 3.5-inch HVGA display. It is supposed to launch this spring, and past rumors are pointing towards May 5th. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands! You’ll find the full press release and some more pictures after the break, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments!
Garminfone, exclusively from T-Mobile USA, Inc., is the first Android-powered smartphone and fully integrated Garmin Ltd. navigation experience in one. This sleek device features multiple positioning technologies and on-board maps to provide navigation from the middle of town to the middle of nowhere – and back. A full-touch 3G smartphone, Garminfone provides driving, walking and public transportation navigation with voice and on-screen directions and automatic re-routing. Helpful Garmin travel applications such as dynamic, real-time traffic; weather; estimated time of arrival; and gas prices are pre-installed and easy to access and use. Garmin Voice Studio, an exclusive Android navigation application, allows customers to record custom voice directions from family and friends. And with access to Android Market, customers can choose from among thousands of applications to enhance their journeys.
Garminfone also delivers essential smartphone capabilities, including easy access to personal and corporate e-mail, messaging, full HTML Web browsing and a 3-megapixel camera. In addition, Garminfone allows customers to easily call, navigate and charge the battery simultaneously with the included dashboard and window mount.
Key features of Garminfone
Premium Navigation and Design Features
Voice and on-screen turn-by-turn directions with automatic re-routing for walking, driving or public transit
Lane guidance, junction view, speed indicators and expected time of arrival
North America maps, including nearly six million points of interest are pre-loaded on the phone for fast and always-available acces
Multiple positioning technologies provide location no matter where you are
Pre-installed travel applications include dynamic, real-time traffic, weather and localized information, including nearby gas prices, restaurants, movie times and more
Garmin Voice Studio, an exclusive Android navigation application that allows customers to record custom voice directions from family and friends
Premium services including flight status, local search and more
Large 3.5-inch capacitive touch display with auto day and night modes
Charging dashboard and window mount included
Full HTML Web browser with pinch and zoom capabilities
Integrated Google™ technology including preloaded applications such Google Maps™ Street
3-megapixel autofocus camera with digital zoom
Music player that supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MPEG4, WAV and MIDI
Stereo Bluetooth 2.1/A2DP
MicroSD expansion slot supporting optional removable memory up to 32 GB
Built-in mini USB
Easy access to personal and corporate e-mail, including support for Microsoft Exchange, AOL®, Windows Live Mail, Gmail™ and most other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services
Google Talk pre-loaded
Built-in support for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE world phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Dual-band 3G UMTS/HSPA world phone (Bands I& IV)
Dimensions: 4.57 inches x 2.45 inches x 0.51 inches; Display: 3.5 inches; Weight: 4.8 ounces
Talk time: up to five hours; Standby time: up to 10.4 days
View, YouTube™, Google Search™ by voice and
Google Talk™ – and access to Android Market
Garminfone will be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers later this spring. More details are available at http://www.garminfone.t-mobile.com.