New GPS: Via Michelin X980T Launched in Europe
Via-Michelin has released their new widescreen unit, the X-980T in Europe, signaling to me that they are starting the rollout of this unit, first in Europe, and now with their recent FCC approval
, later in the US. It’s pretty high end with Bluetooth and widescreen, it will compete with the TomTom 910 and the Nuvi 660. One interesting feature that they are sporting that can only come with a widescreen GPS is the idea of a split screen. While navigating you can zoom to the next turn/intersection on the other part of the screen to give you an idea of what’s coming up. As most “T” branded units, this one comes with traffic alerts; most likely a paid service after a free trial program as is standard in the US.
The price in France is set for 699 Euros, or about $850, which puts it well into the top tier of GPS units. Stay tuned for more on a US launch. Features after the jump...
Main features of the French Via Michelin X980T
· Screen 4.3 inches (10.9 cm) tactile TFT 65 000 colors in 16/9 and of resolution 480 x 272 pixels (WQVGA)
· Processor - 416 MHz
· Receiver GPS Integrated SiRF star III
· 256 MB of ROM
· 64 MB of RAM
· mini USB
· Dimensions : 15 X 8.3 X 2.7 cm
· Weight : 260 G or about 9 ounces
· Software of navigation ViaMichelin 6 with TeleAtlas maps
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Posted by Scott Martin at September 21, 2006 8:47 AM