Back at CES2007 Navigon was also promoting a new GPS navigation system called P9611, a colloboration between Navigon and Porsche. This system uses Navigon’s MobileNavigator Premium software which in our opinion looks better than any of the Garmin interfaces.
The hardware on the P9611 is also pretty impressive. It features a 4.3″ screen, bluetooth hands free communication support, 1400mAh Li-Ion battery.
You also get Zagat points of interest data pre-loaded. It’s not for sale anywhere yet but expected to be available in Summer
2007 for an MSRP of $899.
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They announced these two devices as “Ultra Slim GPS PDA Sparkles with High Quality Feel” which is what we thought when we first saw them. One other thing caught our attention in their press release is that both devices appear to have 802.11 Wi-Fi connectivity whereas we said only A696 would have that feature. In fact we have a photo of the boxes of both devices and you can clearly see that A686 is not advertised with Wi-Fi. We’ll see soon if they change the press release or print new boxes :)
The other difference between A696 and A686 is their processor power and memory:
A686: Intel XScale 312Mhz processor, 128MB Flash ROM, 64MB SDRAM
A696: Intel XScale 416Mhz processor, 256MB Flash ROM, 64MB SDRAM
Remember the Guide Dog name? Well they also manufacture a smaller GPS navigation system with less features named PDC 668S.
Here are the features we have:
- SiRF Star III GPS receiver
- 64MB flash ROM
- 4″ TFT touch-panel display
- 360 degree directional pad for easy gaming
- 2 pre-installed games
UPDATE: We made the correction that one of our readers pointed out. This is the picture of the PDC – 668C as can be seen on manufacturer’s site.
Back at CES 2007 we got a glimpse of this GPS navigation device from Asus. Seems to have a 3.5″ screen, MP3 player, image viewer, and an SD slot for maps and media. Also there’s a mini USB port and an integrated speaker. We’re afraid that’s all the info we have on this.
Neo N7 multi-functional device that mostly serves as a GPS navigator but also has support MS Office documents (viewer only). The Neo N7 comes in a cool aluminum case and measures only 19.8mm thick. You can also bring your own media – such as movies, pics, and music – on an SD card to make use of the nice 7″ screen and integrated speakers. One thing to note is that is the manufacturer chose to go with dual core CPU which could potentially bring up the price quite a bit. Maybe that kind of processing power is necessary to draw those buildings 3D.
Here is a short list of the features:
- only 19.8mm thick
- aluminum casing
- dual core CPU
- 7 inch 16K colors, TFT LCD at 800 x 480 resolution
- dual touch sensor pad LED light
- SiRF Star III GPS module
- WinCE 4.2 OS
- MS Office viewer
- support for MP3s, movies, pictures
- FM transmitter
- upgradeable firmware
- remote control
- rear view camera support
- SD card reader
We have the manufacturers site – IOPS – however no info the Neo N7 just yet.
The unit comes with a 3.5-inch screen with optional traffic reports, and is expected to be priced at $350. The 2100 will also offer an SD memory card expansion slot and millions of points of interests.
The Nav One 2100 will be available in stores in May of 2007. The optional real-time traffic feature is $100 with an annual traffic service subscription fee of $60 a year.
Polaroid showcased 6 different portable navigation products at CES 2007, most of which was new to the U.S. except the MGM-0550 which we talked about last year in May. The new models range from 3.5″ to 4.3″ and come with various features that can be summarized as follows:
MGA-03505 and MGA-03512
- 3.5″ touch screen
- built-in memory with preloaded maps
- integrated speakers
- rechargeable battery
- user selectable for voice and text
- above plus thumbwheel navigation
- 4″ screen and above
- 4.3″ screen and above
No word on availability just yet.
Another company that unveiled a few more GPS navigation systems at CES 2007 was Truly. They showcased 4 new models, all of which runs WinCE in the bacground on Intel Xscale processors. From the simplest to the more advanced, the new devices are named G601, G802, G801, and G901.
Out of all these one worth mentioning is the G901 which has a 4.3″ TFT LCD screen, FM transmitter, and an IrDA remote control. The navigation software on-board can provide turn-by-turn navigation, draw the maps in 2D or 3D, and calculate fast re-routes.
The name Harman Kardon is familiar to many of us as the name behind high-end audio devices. However at CES 2007 they made it official that they’d be entering the GPS navigation market with GPS500 – a portable navigation device that will be available as soon as March 2007 for $500.
Harman Kardon’s GPS500 is also multimedia player with an easy to use graphical user interface. Harman Kardon claims the device will not just throw in the music and video support as extra functionality but rather make it a part of the whole experience.
“Convergence of GPS and multimedia systems in a single device is of growing importance to consumers, but most combination GPS/multimedia systems on the market today lack many of the features — music-browsing control and capability, for one — found in a single device,” said Mike Giffin, president of the Mobile Systems Division for Harman Consumer Group. “The Guide + Play GPS-500 can be used while driving, working or relaxing, offering consumers ultimate mobility by enabling them to take their music collections on the road, watch movies on a plane or use the navigation system to find the nearest gas station or restaurant.”
Here are some of the features of Harman Kardon GPS500:
- Ability to integrate navigation and multimedia applications seamlessly (users may also set volume priority between the two functions)
- 4-inch widescreen WQVGA LCD display
- mini SD card support up to a 4GB capacity
- PlaysForSure, supports multiple multimedia formats including MP3, MP4, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG.
- five hours of battery life
- 2GB of internal flash memory
- USB 2.0 high-speed interface
- pocket-sized portable windshield mount, carrying case, wall-mounted AC adapter, in-car cigarette-lighter cable included
Asus A686 is the twin brother of Asus A696. Both devices are Pocket PC phones with integrated GPS chips however the A686 does not come with Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition its sexy metallic body, the A686 has the following features:
- Processor: Intel XScale at 312MHz
- OS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 – Pocket PC
- Display: 3.5″ TFT LCD, 65K colors, 16 bit QVGA (240 x 320 resolution)
- Memory: 128MB flash ROM and 64MB of SDRAM
- Expansion Slot: SD (SDIO/SD/MMC)
- Audio: integrated mic and speaker, full duplex record and playback, 3.5 mm stereo earphone jack
- Communication: GPS / Bluetooth 2.0 / SIR (115.2kbps) / USB 1.1
- Battery: 1200mAh Lithuim-Ion, removable, rechargeable
- Size: 117 x 71 x 16 mm
- Weight: 165 grams
Asus MyPal A686 is expected to be available in the U.S. as soon the first quarter of 2007 and is expected to cost about $400.
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