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September 12, 2010

Garmin-Asus unveils new A50 smartphone in Canada

Features an on-device sync with Microsoft Exchange server, with the ability to wirelessly synchronise contacts, calendar and enterprise email

By CBR Staff Writer

Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin and ASUSTeK Computer, has introduced the A50 in Canada, which is a full-touch 3G smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen integrated with Garmin’s navigation technology for reliable and on-board navigation.

The new smartphone will be available in Canada through a mobile network provider Videotron.

The company said that the new A50 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 personalise their phone.

In addition, the new smartphone includes on-device sync with Microsoft Exchange server, with the ability to wirelessly synchronise contacts, calendar and enterprise email.

The account setup is simple, and in a few steps users will have their contacts, calendar and email ready to go.

The smartphone features include: preloaded Garmin navigation which provides in-car quality navigation in a mobile device; and free lifetime map updates, traffic alerts (free for 3 years for Videotron customers).

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The company said that the A50 includes a multi-touch webkit browser, document viewers for Microsoft office and PDF documents, an advanced music player, and three-megapixel autofocus camera.

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