January 8, 2007

Mio DigiWalker C520 and C250


Update: The Mio C520 is now shipping in the US. Available at Amazon

At CES 2007, Mio is giving a sneak peek at some upcoming GPS units that are sure to make for a nice follow-on to their strong holiday performance with the Mio C310x unit. The new Mio Digiwalker C520 and Digiwalker C250 will be launched later this year. The Mio C520 comes with a 4.3” widescreen display and a thin low profile display. The Mio C520 will support Bluetooth and have split screen capability that allows for address lookup and route info while still navigating with the map.

The Mio C250 will be an entry-level device that will keep with the Digiwalker tradition of flat form factor GPS units so that it can be packed easily to go when outside the car. It will come with maps pre-loaded and navigate out of the box with a 3.5-inch touchscreen.

No word on availability or pricing, but expect them to be very competitive. This holiday season, Mio Captured the eyes and pocketbooks of a lot of people, getting a 37 percent share of GPS sales the week of Thanksgiving. Most people went to Staples to get theirs, where the unit was on sale for $149; an unbelievable price.

“The Mio DigiWalker C310x was extremely popular with our customers this holiday season,” said James Emond, buyer, Staples. “It is an easy-to-use product at a great price point for both personal use and for mobile professionals on the go.”

We reviewed the Mio C310x and talked to the product manager Isabella Hoogland about updates. Recently they also posted a patch for some routing problems around Washington DC.

Mio is also showing off their Mio H610 portable GPS, which we reviewed late last year. The stylish device is very capable and very pocketable.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 8, 2007 10:31 AM

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