June 26, 2008

Mio Launches Mio Moov 380 - Connected GPS

Mio has launched their connected GPS that they have been talking about since earlier this year. The new unit will feature connectivity through Qualcomm, and offer 2.75G - 3G speeds; not bad for a little GPS.

The Mio Moov 380 will be SIM card based, which seems like a logical way to go. The TomTom HD connected devices are moving this way too. No news on subscription prices on the connected Mio Moov, but I would hope that coming from Mio it would be a reasonable price.

If it comes later this year, it would join the Dash Express, the once delayed Magellan 5340+GPRS, and maybe if we are lucky the TomTom HD on this side of the pond. The Half Navigator, Half phone - Nuvifone should also be out by the holiday season.

More Press Info follows...

Leading navigation brand, Mio, announces the launch of the lightest connected PND on the market for professional users who are always manage their time efficiently, and want to maintain their professional look and stylish image.

Featuring a stylishly minimalist design and SIM card support, the Mio connected portable navigation system is a one-of-a-kind navigation system that will change the way you navigate. With GPRS connectivity, you'll be able to make phone calls directly and conduct local searches for the most update-to-date points of interest on the Web while you navigate.

Lightest Connected PND Launched For Professional Users
Mio launch the lightest Connected PND for professionals who usually travel, and manage their time efficiently but fear losing their connection on the road.

The Moov 380 is a connected device with built-in SIM card support to provide full phone features and GPRS connectivity. Avoid troublesome Bluetooth synchronization and easily make phone calls, send SMS's and connect to the Web on the go.

Perfect combination of Esthetic and Technology
The ultra-slim design for easy portability and flat touchscreen design exudes a elegant styling, with functionality and esthetic's. The Moov 380, is the worlds slimmest and lightest connected PND with a flat touchscreen and fashionable appearance for easier portability.

MioMoreTM Desktop
MioMoreTM Desktop is an exciting new tool for keeping your Mio up to date. Plug your Mio into your PC to get this host of great features including: latest points-of-interest, trip planning, mileage reports, geotagged photos and the ability to purchase maps, so you can explore more of the world.

Local Search
The Mio have collaborated with local content providers to provide a flat rate GPRS connection package and joint promotion in the regions to, provide the dynamic search information. Whatever you want, wherever you are, find it exactly.

Intelligent route planning
Intelligently plan routes with multiple waypoints and route preview/simulation.

Advanced Reducing Start-Up Time Technology - SiRFInstantFixII TM and the 3G connected device - Qualcomm

To provide users the smoothest possible navigation experience, the Moov 380 is also equipped with the latest positioning technology from SiRF, SiRFInstantFixII™. SiRFInstantFixII is an autonomous version of SiRF's original SiRFInstantFix technology that significantly improves the start-up times of GPS devices and allows enhanced GPS signal reception in urban canyons. SiRFInstantFixII™ technology requires no external connection to a PC.

Samuel Wang, Senior VP and General President of Mobile Communication Business Units of Mitac International Corp. states that " By launching the new connected car navigation system- Mio Moov 380, Mio is providing a new GPS experience with more valuable and useful information through the built-in GPRS connectivity. This product also indicates a new business partnership between Mio and telecom operators to encourage more users to experience connected information through their PND's." The company is working with Qualcomm to develop the connected device with 2.75G and 3G capability which is expected to launch at the end of 2008 .

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Posted by Scott Martin at June 26, 2008 6:26 PM

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