Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50 Navigating To Optus Next Month

Another day, another Android-powered smartphone hitting the Australian market. The latest is the Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50, a device that relies heavily on its internal GPS components to create a completely location-aware smartphone.

The phone, which will be available exclusively through Optus when it hits shelves on August 2, comes complete with an in-car cradle for using it as a GPS and supports Garmin's "PhotoReal" junction view. You get turn-by-turn navigation, a 3MP camera and 4GB internal storage. It's got a bigger screen than the recently released A10 (3.5-inch opposed to 3.2 inch), but otherwise the specs are similar (although not identical).

The phone itself is available for $0 up front on the $49 'yes' social plan over 24 months. It will be interesting to see how many of these handsets Optus sells, considering they're launching it during iPhone 4 week...

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