February 20, 2006

Mio 350 and Mio 550

Details of the Mio 350 and Mio 550 are coming out and it appears that Mio is continuing its push into the GPS enabled PDA/PIM front. The successors to the Mio A201, the Mio 350 and Mio 550 would share the same form factor and would include the SiRF star III chipset for accurate, low power GPS functionality as well as a few features that are becoming standard on PDA's these days.

UPDATE: See our recent post for more info on the Mio 350 and Mio 550 - Update Mio 350 and Mio 500 PDA GPS

The Mio 550, will include WiFi and Bluetooth, (the Mio 350 will not include these features) while both will be running a 400MHz CPU, SiRFstar III GPS receiver, SDIO, and Windows Mobile 5.0. Look for more news in the coming months for an official release.


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January 7, 2006

Mio 268 GPS with Video Playback

Mio 268InterVideo, a pioneer in advancing DVD and MPEG-related software technologies, announced today that Mio Technology Ltd. has chosen InterVideo and Ulead to be the providers of its multimedia solutions for the Mio 268 GPS PDA product. By incorporating InterVideo's iMobi MPEG-4 video and AAC audio codec technologies along with Ulead's video converter toolbox software, Mio Technology delivers high-quality video and audio on the Mio GPS PDA. Not a bad convergence.

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January 5, 2006

New Mio C710 and Mio C310

Mio has been releasing GPS devices all last year with lots of interest, and now they have announced two more devices. The Mio C710 is a high end device with Bluetooth connectivity, media player functionality for photo and video playback, and if you are lucky enough to be in a traffic feed served market - you get to use the lifetime live traffic feed service. The Mio C310 lacks the Bluetooth and the traffic feeds.

See our Review of the Mio C310 - Read Review

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December 13, 2005

New Mio A201 GPS Handheld

Mio has released the new Mio A201 GPS with the now popular SiRF star III chipset, known for its low power draw and its high accuracy even in low reception situations. It's a Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system Personal Information Manager and features a bunch of things that you might find on a typical PDA - including pocket versions of Microsoft Office. The A201's favorite feature is its rotating GPS antenna, which lets you navigate in either portrait mode - like most of the PDA competition - or in the landscape orientation favored by most dedicated devices.

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December 8, 2005

Strong sales for Mio

Mio's parent company Mitac, it reporting strong sales of GPS (Global Positioning System) handheld devices, Mitac International hit a record revenue high of US$216 million in November, up 29.59% on-year, according to the company. Accumulated sales from January to November of this year totaled US$2.01 billion, rising 29.59% from the same period in 2004.

Mitac is expected to enjoy a 40% shipment growth in 2006, to 4.2 million GPS devices, company sources indicated. The company estimates its GPS shipments to hit three million units this year, up 216% from 2004.


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December 1, 2005

Mio finally launches the Mio A701 in Europe

The Mio A701 is a GPS Enabled smart phone that runs on the windows operating system.

The Mio A701 was announced in August (see article) and now it is finally hitting the market (In Europe). The A701 is a PDA-style phone with a 2.7in, 240 x 320, 272,000-color display. There's a 1.3mp camera on the back and a 520MHz Intel PXA270 processor inside. It also has 64MB of SDRAM and 128MB of ROM.

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August 31, 2005

GPS Review: Mio 269 - "Mediocre"

In a recent CNet review, the Mio 269 was knocked for its sluggish performance and a messy interface. The Mio is a hard drive based GPS device that gives you a bit of room to store MP3's to play later - although not while you are navigating for some terrible reason. so while Moi's website claims to have 500MB free for MP3 storage, and the box says 700MB, the actual drive shows 1GB free, whoops. I guess the tech dept didn't talk to the packaging department on this one. Not a terrible mistake. It gets worse, read on......

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August 25, 2005

GPS NEWS: Mio GPS Smartphone A701

News of Mio's first GPS smartphone the Mio A701 has hit the wires, and it is configured as a Windows Mobile based phone. The specifications are a 520MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor with 192MB of memory of which 64MB as ROM. The phone has a 2.7 inch 240x320 pixel display, and a 1.3MP camera on the back side. It supports GSM and GPRS. It has Bluetooth connectivity and has an SD slot for expandability. Sorry - no WiFi.

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August 24, 2005

GPS Review: DigiWalker 269 GPS MP3 Player

The Mio DigiWalker 269 is a portable GPS unit that allows you to navigate turn-by-turn in car, or on foot. Not only does it navigate, it also plays MP3 audio files with its built-in player. Not bad in a little handheld device.

Overall sounds like a pretty good unit, but is missing some of the tweaks that may hold it back from being a great unit, like not being able to listen to MP3's and navigate at the same time. Despite this, there are a lot of good things to say about it.......

You can see our other postings on the Mio 269 for background: Announcement, and then first review from the Inquirer, also a pretty good overview and first hand review from DV Hardware.

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August 20, 2005

Quick GPS News: Mio Readying a new GPS enabled PocketPC with Bluetooth

Mio's next GPS-enabled PocketPC will feature Bluetooth 1.2 wireless connectivity, according to the Bluetooth Qualification Program (BQP) website.

Called the A201, little else is known about the device beyond the fact it has a built-in GPS receiver, as per Mio's current GPS PocketPC offerings.

So What?

The A201 appears to be in addition to the current Mio 168 Pocket PC (shown here) with integrated GPS, or may potentially be an outright replacement. The Mio 168 does not feature integrated Bluetooth. Of course the Bluetooth enables wireless sync of the PocketPC, or one would hope so. With on-board Bluetooth TomTom is integrating the ability to download traffic and weather service through their TomTomPlus services, as well as the ability to update the voices used to route you to your destinaiton with the text to voice feature. The TomTom is also able to function as a speakerphone whenin the car and paired to the phone. Who knows if any of these features will be present on the upcoming Mio A201.

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