Garmin International and T-Mobile USA have announced the upcoming launch of the new Garminfone, which the companies claim as the first Android-based smartphone complemented with an advanced, premium Garmin navigation technology, aiming to provide users an ultimate navigation experience while on the go.

“The Garminfone brings together two increasingly popular devices in one state-of-the-art package, delivering a rich, unique experience that no other smartphone or standalone navigation device can offer,” commented George Harrison, vice president for marketing product innovation at T-Mobile USA. “Busy people balancing personal and professional lives are increasingly seeking smartphones, and the deep integration of Garmin navigation into the smartphone features of this device helps them do more with one device to more simply navigate their busy lives.”

Features Of Garminfone:

  • Large 3.5-inch HVGA full touchscreen display with auto day and night modes for easier view
  • 3 megapixel camera with auto focus and geo-tagging capability
  • Simply point an address from a text message, e-mail, contact, calendar appointment or web page for navigation
  • Remember where your car is parked and navigate you back to the drive
  • Voice and on-screen directions with automatic re-routing for walking, driving and public transit
  • Speak street names thanks to the text-to-speech technology
  • Pre-loaded North America maps with around 6 million points of interest for fast, reliable access
  • Garmin Voice Studio (Android app) allows users to record, share custom voice directions from their family and friends
  • Pre-installed Garmin travel applications including dynamic, real-time traffic, weather, and localized information like gas prices, restaurants and movie listings
  • A suite of Google mobile services including Google Search by voice, Google Maps, YouTube
  • Full HTML Web browser with pinch and zoom support
  • Easy access to personal and corporate e-mail, with Microsoft Exchange support
  • Talk time: up to 5 hours ; Standby time: up to 10.4 days
  • Dimensions: 4.57 x 2.45 x 0.51 inches ; Weight: 4.8 oz

The new sleek Garminfone Android smartphone that includes a charging dashboard and window mount for added convenient is expected to hit T-Mobile USA stores exclusively later this Spring, but its price has yet to be announced.