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Asus Transformer Prime users to get a free GPS dongle


Asus Transformer Prime users haven’t had the best GPS experience yet. The company admitted it was their fault that the device could not get a solid GPS satellite fix. So their current fix for the time being is to offer each and every Transformer Prime user a free GPS dongle.

The reason they provided was that the external metal body of the tablet interfered with the GPS signals. So now the best they can do is to send an external GPS receiver:

It will look similar to the hinge from the dock. Where it will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis.

The external GPS dongle will be ready by about mid-April but we’re not clear on the claim process yet.

Garmin-Asus A10 out in New Zealand


Garmin-Asus A10 is out in New Zealand; available at Telecom New Zealand. As you know Garmin-Asus A10 is an Android device with a greater focus on GPS navigation; targeting European and Asia-Pacific nations.

The device will come with everything you need to utilize it it your car including an in-car mount and a car charger. Preloaded maps of New Zealand are of course there as well as Yellow Pages search.

Other features of Garmin-Asus A10 include Microsoft Exchange server support, 3.2″ HVGA touch screen, WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus and geotagging, built-in accelerometer, and much more.

It will cost RRP $699.

Garmin-Asus Announces the A50 for Australia


Aussie’s can now find their way on their giant island thanks to Garmin. Garmin just officially announced Garmin-Asus A50 for Australia; partnering with Optus. A50 was already out in other places for a while now including USA, Taiwan, etc.

Feature set of Garmin-Asus A50 haven’t changed much. It still likes to geotag anything and everything, offers 3.5″ touch screen, 3MP auto focus camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, and a 1150mAh battery.

A50 is quite competitively priced in Australia. It costs $0 after a 2 year contract starting today and online starting August 2.

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Not to be confused with garminfone or nuviphone M10 Garmin and Asus partnership just announced another Android powered phone called Garmin Asus A10.

Of course its focus is again on GPS navigation; however more so for pedestrians rather than drivers which probably means it’s probably not going to make it to the U.S. where driving almost always takes precedence. The press release actually says it will be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Garmin-Asus A10 features a 3.2″ touch screen, electronic compass and a 1500mAh battery. Depending on your location the A10 will contain preloaded maps so you won’t have to rely on a data connection for maps which can be non-existent or just too expensive to use. Of course Garmin-Asus A10 will also work in your vehicle too – thanks to the powered audio mount.

Some other features of A10 include WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus, and auto-geotag, built-in accelerometer for horizontal and landscape views.

Garmin Asus nuvifone A50


Garmin Asus partnership has announced the brand new nuvifone A50 from the Mobile World Congress in Spain. The new nuvifone A50 is an Android powered device that claims to be more location aware than any other smartphone out there.

A50 has a 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and an accelerometer. Thanks to the Android platform you’ll have access tens of thousands of applications and if you wish you can sync with your work email thanks to Microsoft Exchange server.

Of course Garmin Asus nuvifone A50 comes with Garmin navigation preloaded and all the maps you need are actually on your device so you won’t have to wait for 3G coverage fairies to grant you access.

Other features of the device are the 3MP camera, and the E-Compass.

Garmin says the nuvifone A50 receives its location information from multiple sources including satellite, network-based and terrestrial sources…. Not sure what they mean but we don’t think any of those is a new technology.

It will be available in Europe first quarter of this year.

Garmin Asus nuvifone M10


Another brand new phone we came across today is the Garmin Asus nuvifone M10. We talked about the M10 just a few days ago but it looks like the official word got out today.

As expected Garmin Asus nuvifone M10 will be a Windows device running Windows Mobile 6.5.3. It has a 3.5″ WVGA screen, 3D task manager, 512MB RAM, and 512MB ROM, and 4GB of storage.

You can expect a decent life from the 1500mAh battery which should get you at least a day on those HSDPA or WiFi networks you can hop on.

Of course Garmin navigation will be preloaded with almost all the bells and whistles of a standalone GPS navigation system.

Garmin Asus nuvifone M10 will come out in Asia and Europe first in first half of this year. Is anyone still interested in a Windows Mobile phone though?

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Garmin Asus partnership seems to be doing well in Taiwan since it just recently announced the nuvifone M10. It is a decent looking phone as you’d expect from Asus and the specs really show the two companies really tried hard with this device. nuvifone M10 runs on Windows Mobile 6.5.3, has a 3.5″ WVGA touchscreen with 800×480 resolution, microSD card, a processor running at 600Mhz, bluetooth, 5MP camera, 512MB memory, and a 1500mAh battery.

February 6th is the release date for Taiwan where they’ll have to spend about equivalent of $440.

Asus T91GO

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About a month ago we announced the Asus T91; a netbook sized tablet computer with integrated GPS. Today we have a few more details:

There will be three versions: T91, T91GO, and T91A. According to our source the standard T91 won’t have GPS, but the T91GO will feature both GPS, 3G, and even digital TV tuner. T91A on the other hand differs from the rest by offering Windows 7 and a multi touch screen.

ASUS Eee PC T91 integrates GPS receiver

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Asus just announced ASUS Eee PC T91 – a netbook with 8.9″ swivel touchscreen and a GPS receiver.

Eee PC T91 will come in white or black and will be loaded with touch optimized software such as foto fun, memos, touch gate, and a special IE toolbar.

Here are the rest of the specs:

  • Operating System: Genuine Windows XP Home
  • Display: 8.9″ LED-backlit / Resistive Touch Panel
  • CPU: Intel® Atom Z520
  • Wireless Data Networking: WLAN: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: V2.1
  • Memory: 1GB (DDR2)
  • Storage: Total 82GB (16GB Solid State Drive + 16GB SD Card + 30GB Portable Hard Disk Drive* + 20GB Eee Storage)
  • 2 x audio jacks: Headphone / Mic-in
  • Camera: 0.3 M Pixel
  • Reader: 3-in-1 MMC, SD, SDHC flash card slot
  • Digital Array Mic
  • Dimensions: 225mm (W) x 164mm (D) x 25.2 ~ 28.4mm (H)
  • Weight: 0.96kg
  • Optional: GPS, TV Tuner, 3G plus (HSUPA)

Asus P835 includes A-GPS receiver

835aAsus just recently announced their new Windows PDA phone P835. Apparently it is designed for “business-savvy professionals” but we don’t see why a teenage girl wouldn’t use this. It has a big 3.5″ screen for those YouTube vidoes, a fast internet connection for instant Facebook status updates and uploading pics and videos you can shoot with the 5MP auto focus camera and 4GB of internal memory for some music.

But most important of it all is the ability switch between 12-key, half-Qwerty and full-Qwerty virtual keyboard modes, for fastest texting ever!

All that’s great but the A-GPS receiver makes it even better. ASUS however did not release any information about what kind of GPS navigation application would be pre-installed on this. But since the OS is Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional you can install whatever you want for your navigation needs.

Other specs include 1100mAh lithium battery, Qualcomm 7201A 528MHz processor, 288MB RAM, microSD card slot, and Wi-Fi and bluetooth.