new Clarion GPS navigation systems

Clarion introduced three new in dash GPS navigation systems at CES last week. The prices range from $1000 to $1200 but there’s also one for $350 which is only the navigation engine - which hooks up to your existing Clarion system (VZ400 or VX400). It is pretty much just a black box; called NP400.

All three in dash GPS navigation systems feature a 7″ screen, bluetooth hands free option, text-to-speech, 12 million points of interests, iPod user interface with the optional cable, and a lot more.

The new models are:

  • NX700
  • NX500
  • NZ500

The flagship product is the NX700 which has an MSRP of $1200. Different from the other two, NX700 offers 3D cityscape and elevation feature with its navigation and has more powerful sound output. NX500 and NZ500 costs $1000. NX500 has the standard 7″ screen and NZ500 has the motorized 6.5″ screen.

You can expect to see NX700, NX500, and NZ500 first quarter of this year.

Clarion MiND gets 3G

We talked about the Clarion MiND numerous times here before. Clarion MiND is a mobile internet device (MID) so it’s just natural to add 3G capability. However it is not new hardware or anything. It is just a new software update that adds USB modem connectivity when used with a compatible 3G USB modem - such as the iCON 322 from Option which costs $80 on Amazon. Clarion MiND already has WiFi but that’s useless unless you’re at a coffee shop parking lot.

Clarion MiND by the way now goes for as low as $189 on Amazon.

Clarion MiND - now a lot cheaper

Clarion MiND - since we last visited - has it’s own page now showing off its features. And even though it says you can grab one as low as $500, Amazon is not taking any chances and is willing to get rid of them for $250.


What do you think of this price? Are you willing to spend $250 for a WiFi enabled device with a 4.8″ screen and 4GB of flash memory? It is also bluetooth enabled which is good - but it is only way to get wireless internet when you are not close to any WiFi hotspots. You’d have to pair it up with your phone to get connectivity. Anyhow - what can Clarion MiND do for you? GPS navigation, play your tunes, new traffic updates service, and Google Local search.

Clarion MAP 690 and Clarion MAP 790

At CeBIT trade show which is taking place this moment in Germany, Clarion presented two new portable GPS navigation systems: the Clarion MAP 690 and Clarion MAP 790.

Both devices use the iGO My Way 8 navigation software which is capable of showing certain buildings and monuments in 3D, altitudes, realistic looking road signs, and posted speed limits.

Other features include text-to-speech to pronounce street names, and lane assistance to help you out on freeways.

Clarion MAP 690 and Clarion MAP 790 will also include an RDS/TMC receiver for traffic updates but we’ll have to wait and see if this will cost extra.

Both GPS navigation systems have a 4.3″ touch screen with 480×272 pixel (WQVGA) resolution, SiRF III GPS receiver chip, a handsfree Bluetooth kit, all of which are controlled by the 400 MHz processor. For storage you’ve got a 2 GB built-in space which also holds the maps info.

Clarion MAP 690 will be delivered with local maps and the Clarion MAP 790 will come with maps of 44 European countries.


No precise details to date on their price and their date of release….

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Clarion MiND - now on Amazon

We found a few new shots of the Clarion MIND in their press release kit - one of which unveils the user interface of the GPS navigation system feature. This image is slightly different than the one Amazon has on their site (oh did we mention - it is already on Amazon for $649: Clarion MiND) and misses the little icon on the top menu that says “DUN” which is dial-up networking - usually using a bluetooth device. The specs on Amazon claims Clarion MiND can connect to the internet using your phones bluetooth and data service - so hopefully this is not an issue.

Here are the specs for MiND:

  • 4.8 inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) LCD Display with touch screen
  • Intel Atom Architecture (800 MHz)
  • 512MB DRAM
  • 4 GB solid state drive (SSD) flash memory
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR with DUN (Dial-up Network) profile
  • SiRFstarIII GPS module with 20-channel GPS receiver
  • Li-Ion battery (Small Battery: 2 hours, Optional Large Battery: 4 hours)
  • Built-In amplifier and speaker
  • 3.5mm external headphone connector
  • 2 USB ports
  • microSD card slot
  • Docking Station
  • RDS-TMC Traffic Ready (lifetime subscription; optional car dock required)

dmedia WiMAX G5W GPS navigation system

Ever seen a standalone GPS navigation system with WiMax connectivity? No? Neither have we (Clarion MIND, or Nokia N810 does not really count). Well, people at dmedia decided this was the future and designed one called G5W.

We’re not sure if this is still at prototype level or actually something you can pick up from a store in Hong Kong but here are the specs you can expect from dmedia G5W GPS navigation system:

  • 5″ wide touch screen
  • bluetooth connectivity
  • FM transmitter
  • GPRS/EDGE modules

Wouldn’t this be great if we had free WiMax coverage in our cities? Start a browser and bring up Google Maps with traffic information and maybe a few bookmarked traffic web cameras on our way and you can avoid traffic like no other.

Clarion NX509

Clarion NX509 is a new addition to Clarion’s in car entertainment line-up. NX509 is a 2-DIN system that has built-in navigation and supports media from CDs, DVDs, and USB sticks and can read MP3 and WMA formats.

It has a 7″ touch screen LCD monitor however also does 2 zone entertainment. There’s a USB port in the back fro iPod Control in addition to being ready for XM Satellite Mini Tuner, and CeNET Sirius Satellite Radio.

You can also soup up your Clarion NX509 with optional additions such as the steering wheel remote, bluetooth connectivity, and more.

We’re not sure when Clarion NX509 will hit the stores or for how much but we’ll be sure to give you an update when it does.

Clarion MIND finally

We’re really happy to see ClarionMIND finally hit online stores since to be honest we’ve had enough coverage for this device on Navigadget since January: See here, here, and here.

It is now selling at exclusively at Crutchfield for $650, available in black, red, and white.

If this device had WiMax it may have been worth your money but with only WiFi all we can say is to get one of those new netbooks with your money at spend the extra cash on a GPS receiver with a mount…

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ClarionMind just made another appearance at Intel Developer Forum and apparently this is the production version - unlike other Clarion Mind‘s we talked about before.

It looks like the device got smaller as sources now say the screen size is 4.8″. Of course some of the most important features never made it to this model such as WiMax and 3G connectivity. You’ll have to make do with a wimpy Wi-Fi antenna, which means you can browse the internets while you’re still in your garage. The device runs on Linux, has a 800×480 pixel resolution touchscreen, and support various media files as well as offering bluetooth features.

If the navigation system software is good enough this maybe a good alternative to a few brands that we are always used to see. ClarionMiND is expected to ship later this year…

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Clarion MiND

Clarion MiND made an appearance at Computex in Taiwan last week and the first shots do not look like what we reported earlier this year.

MiND stands Mobile Internet Navigation Device which pretty much is just a UMPC with integrated GPS… the kind we like.

Here are some features and specs we could gather for Clarion MiND:

  • integrated GPS
  • 5.2-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen
  • MS Office access
  • bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • various media players

It looks like this is still a prototype device but when it comes out in US before Xmas this year you can expect to pay about $700…

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