After Garmin-Asus had launched the Garminfone on T-Mobile USA and the Nuvifone, the pair is back again. This time, Garmin-Asus is targeting the Taiwan market with the A10, a GPS-centric smartphone that will bring with it a host of location-based services to the Android 2.1 operating system with a proprietary UI skin that will make it easy to use the device to navigate, a similar concept to what Motorola has done with their magnetic car docks on the Verizon Droid Series, which pulls up a car interface when the device is docked into its car mount.
The device is expected to debut on September 10th for the equivalent of U.S. $434 sans contract in Taiwan. It is expected to also have a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, making it more of a mid-range Android contender. The A10 will also have a 5-megapixel camera along with 512 MB RAM on-board.
While many Android 1.6 devices and later have compatibility with Google Maps with Navigation, which gives turn by turn voice guided GPS directions where maps and data are pulled over the air, Garmin-Asus is differentiating their navigation-centric smartphone by offering Garmin maps, which are stored locally and won’t require a data connection to work, on the A10 and other devices under the partnership.