March 3, 2009

Garmin Announces the Nuvi 1200, 1250, 1260T, 1300, 1350, 1350T, 1370T, 1390T


Garmin announced a new series of Nuvi GPS Navigators today as part of their CeBit announcements. The line of Nuvi 1200 and Nuvi 1300 navigators are going to supplement the current line of Nuvi units out there, but, appear to me to be a platform upgrade, as the unit is 25% thinner than the current already thin design.

Garmin saw fit to include the current innovations like a view of the upcoming intersections and free traffic subscriptions in several models which I think is a good move. I have to assume (and will check) that the free traffic is supported by the NAVTEQ ad model which inserts small innocuous ads on the screen after you have stopped for more than 10 seconds. I thought it was a good trade-off for free traffic when I used the first model to have this feature; the Nuvi 755T

Garmin has also created CityXplorer; a set of data that will allow the Nuvi to function and navigate you on public transit; making it easier to tour a city utilizing the full complement of options available to you for getting around. The modules will be available in the second quarter along with the 1200 and 1300 units. Cost for each city will be around $10.

A quick feature and list price breakdown....

  • Nüvi 1300 - $249.99 - 4.3" screen, 48 States of Maps, and Text to Speech (Says street names) - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1350- $299.99 - Adds maps for All North America Coverage, and Lane Assist - More at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1350T - $349.99 - Adds subscription free traffic - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1370T - $449.99 - Adds Euro Maps to the North American Set, and Bluetooth Handsfree - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1390T - $399.99 - Adds "Junction View" to see realistic views of upcoming complex intersections - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon
  • Nüvi 1200 - $199.99 - 3.5" screen, and Text to speech with maps of the 48 states + PR - More at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1250 - $249.99 - Adds maps for all North American Coverage - More info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1260T - $299.99 - Adds subscription free traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

Full press release follows.....

OLATHE, Kan./March 3, 2009/Business Wire -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the nüvi 1200 and nüvi 1300 series - an innovative family of navigators with a new ultra-thin design that offer enhancements for navigation in and out of the car. This new series of products introduced at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, March 3-8, 2009, is ideal for the consumer who wants advanced features at a value price.

The nüvi 1200 and 1300 series are the first nüvi devices to offer pedestrian navigation capability enabled through optional CityXplorer™ maps. CityXplorer maps are available for select tourist destinations in both North America and Europe, and can easily be downloaded directly to the nüvi. Various models of the nüvi 1200 and 1300 product families also provide other premium features like free lifetime traffic alerts and lane assist for added confidence in navigating complicated intersections and turns. All these new devices feature text to speech, a technology that enables the annunciation of names and upcoming roads - enhancing confidence while navigating in unfamiliar locations.

"Our nüvi devices are known for the great navigation experience they provide in the vehicle. Now our customers can have that same great experience when navigating an unfamiliar city by foot or public transportation," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "The nüvi 1200 and 1300 products allow us to meet the needs of that on-the-go customer by offering an affordable nüvi that provides location and destination information when, where, and how they need it most.

The personal navigation device (PND) is no longer just for the car - take it with you wherever you go and enjoy the enhanced usability and rich features only a dedicated device like this can offer." In addition to features offered by other members of the nüvi family, these new multi-mode navigators feature a public transit mode supporting optional CityXplorer content. Available as a download for select cities, CityXplorer allows the user to plan and use routes that can include public transit options such as bus, tramway, metro and suburban rail systems. With CityXplorer, users can get the most out of their navigation experience to many exciting cities across North America and Europe.

The thinner and lighter form factor of these new products allows the unit to be more easily carried in a pocket or purse - making it ideal for pedestrian navigation. Content from CityXplorer varies in cost from $9.99 - $14.99, depending on the city. A list of cities offered in North America and Europe is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2009 at

To help drivers make their gas tanks go the extra mile, these devices come standard with ecoRoute™, which suggests fuel-efficient navigation. In addition to "faster time" and "shorter distance" for route preference, ecoRoute lets nüvi users choose "less fuel" as the best way to save gas and money. Through ecoRoute's Fuel Report and Mileage Report, drivers can focus on their fuel conservation, and also find fuel-saving tips along the way.

All models in the nüvi 1300 series boast a bright 4.3" touchscreen display and feature text to speech technology. The nüvi 1300 is available with coverage of the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, while the nüvi 1350 is available with preloaded comprehensive coverage of North America. For transatlantic travel, the nüvi 1370T comes standard with mapping for North America and Europe. Both the 1350, 1350T and 1370T add lane assist, which highlights the preferred lane for navigation. Building on the aforementioned features, the 1390T adds junction view allowing drivers to see realistic images of upcoming junctions where available. Lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic are also included with the 1350T, 1370T and 1390T, enabling drivers to steer clear of traffic accidents, road closures and construction. The nüvi 1370T and 1390T come standard with a traffic receiver that will provide alerts in the coverage areas - no subscription fee is required. The nüvi 1370T and 1390T also feature Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity. Every new model in the nüvi 1200 series feature a bright 3.5" touchscreen display, and features our popular text to speech feature. The nüvi 1200 is available with coverage of the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and the nüvi 1250 and 1260T are available with preloaded comprehensive coverage of North America. The 1260T adds Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for these models is as follows:

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How thin is ultra-thin? Anyone got specs?

Posted by: Jack at March 4, 2009 3:27 AM
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