LG has New GPS for US: LN 790, LN740, LN735, and the LN730
LG Electronics is entering the US GPS market via the CES 2007 show next week. Expect four new products out of them, the LG LN 790, LN740, LN735, and the LN730. Clearly the exploding market in GPS has attracted some biggies to the game. We’ll be interested to see if these entries can do well versus some pretty stiff competition in TomTom and Garmin. It appears that the top of the line will feature a widescreen format, while the lower end of the line will feature a traditional 3.5 inch screen. You get all the bells and whistles at the high end, Text to Speech verbal directions, media capabilities, and Bluetooth. At the vvalue end of the line, yoou are still getting a nice sized touch screen with pre-loaded maps of North America, photo and music playback and millions of POI’s.
Leveraging insights from its telematics, GPS navigation and in-car Bluetooth communication manufacturing business for some of the world’s largest global automakers, LG’s introduction of a Portable Navigation Device line to the U.S. market delivers the convenience of GPS mapping in a highly portable and pocketable format that can navigate throughout the US and Canada. A sunlight-readable, high brightness (450cd/m2), touch-screen display.
Unveiled this week at the 2007 International CES, LG’s GPS line-up features touch-screen LCDs ranging in size from 3.5 to 4.3 inches, turn-by-turn voice guidance, super-slim cases for enhanced portability, and millions of points of interest, providing consumers with easy-to-use , precise navigation. In addition, some models also deliver text-to-speech voice guidance, provide access to real-time traffic services using RDS-TMC broadcast technology as well as deliver convenient voice communication with mobile telephones via Bluetooth.
Each of the four portable navigation units is slim and compact for easy installation with a touch-screen menu for increased ease-of-use as well as incorporating user-friendly text with large icons for easy consumer interface. Key features of line includes:
Simply designed, graphical user interface to help users customize personal settings.
Adopts the GPS Sirf Star III for rapid and accurate map display rendering.
Turn-by-turn voice guidance allows users to keep their eyes on the road while listening to directions.
Pre-loaded maps including the United States and Canada.
Millions of Points of Interest (POIs) for convenient searching and navigation.
The four portable navigation devices for the U.S. market are:
The LG LN730 GPS is the top-of-the-line unit and incorporates a 4.3-inch LCD screen that allows consumers to easily read menus and available options. Its turn-by-turn text-to-speech voice guidance (“turn right on Maple Avenue”) delivers clear instructions for safe and easy driving. Further, the unit comes with pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada as well as millions of POIs. Traffic information is available in many cities via the supplied RDS-TMC antenna. Other available features include music, photo and video playback, Bluetooth headset and data transfer profiles. With a battery life of up to four hours and supplied car and home chargers, the LN790 is perfect for extended road trips.
The LG LN740 GPS has a 4-inch display and slim design provide a brilliant and easy-to-read map display while maintaining a high level of portability for simple transport among multiple family vehicles. Its brilliant display also automatically changes from “day mode” to “night mode” for clear visual recognition in any lighting condition. With its turn-by-turn text-to-speech voice guidance, its highly accurate pre-loaded USA and Canada map with millions of POIs, access to traffic data service via a supplied RDS-TMC antenna as well as photo and music file playback, navigation, information and entertainment are more accessible than ever.
The LN735 features a 3.5-inch display with millions of POIs and pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada. Turn-by-turn text-to-speech voice guidance and auto day/night mode switching make safe and easy driving a snap. In addition to music and photo playback capabilities, the unit includes a high-power speaker output and up to four-hour battery life, a perfect choice for family excursions or business trips.
The LN730 features a 3.5-inch display and comes pre-loaded with maps of both the United States and Canada as well as 1.7 million POIs. In addition to music and photo playback capabilities, the unit includes a day and night screen modes, high-power speaker output and up to a four-hour battery life.
Supplied accessories for all units include a suction-mount cradle perfect for holding the unit to the windshield as well as a “dash disc” for convenient mounting to most dashboards, a carrying pouch, a car power adaptor as well as a home power adapter, making the products conveniently transportable from home-to-vehicle or from one car to another. LG’s line of Personal Navigation Systems will be available to consumers in the second quarter of 2007. Although the suggested retail prices are not yet announced, they are expected to range between $350 and $800.
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Posted by Scott Martin at January 5, 2007 11:40 AM