Android-powered Garminfone officially announced for T-Mobile USA; Coming “later this spring”

T-Mobile USA announced a new Android-powered smartphone – Garminfone. As you can guess for yourself, the focus of this all-touchscreen device is navigation, powered by Garmin’s award-winning software.

All of the standard features Garmin devices have are present in the Garminfone as well — including driving, walking and public transportation navigation with voice and on-screen directions and automatic re-routing. In addition, the handset integrates text-to-speech technology to speak street names, pre-loaded North American maps, geo-tagging, and an additional Garmin travel apps for checking real-time traffic, local events, movie listings, gas prices and so on.

Specs wise, the Garminfone sports:

  • 3.5-inch (capacitive?) touchscreen
  • HSPA connectivity
  • GPS receiver
  • 3-megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Push-email support (Microsoft Exchange)
  • Social networking and IM clients

As for availability, T-Mobile hasn’t unveiled pricing nor the exact release date — all we have is “later this spring.” As soon as we hear something more precise, you’ll be the first to know. Stay tuned…

  • wirecup

    Currently, the important things for GPS are system sensitivity, system accuracy, acquisition time to first fix, and the ability to use Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) to achieve greater accuracy. How come no information is provided regarding these? This is like saying a new car uses gas instead of providing mpg information. Frequencies previously used by the USA GPS are in the process of being changed and Europe is getting ready to launch it’s own system called Galileo.

  • NotImpressed

    When will manufacturers and reporters know that on smart phone’s that us geeks want DETAILED SPECS. What’s the processor? The RAM? THE ROM? What version of Android? is it connectible via USB port? Where is our information

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