CES 2007: LG gets into GPS navigation market
It’s not all big tellies and Super Multi Blue players round LG’s gaff, y’know. The company also announced plans to dive into the GPS satnav market, unveiling four new devices for the US market, which will presumably make their way to Europe too.
The four ‘PND’ devices all have touch-screen LCDs between 3.5 and 4.3 inches in size, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and millions of points of interest to navigate to. The best one is the high-end LG LN790, which has the biggest screen, an RDS-TMC antenna to get real-time traffic info, Bluetooth and music, photo and video playback.
The LN740 has a four-inch display, which automatically switches from day mode to night mode to take into account lighting conditions. It’s got an RDS-TMC antenna too, as well as the multimedia features.
Finally, there’s the LN735 and LN730, which both have 3.5-inch screens, and can playback music and photos, but not video. Both have a battery life of up to four hours. All the units come with suction-mount cradles for your car, and dash discs to mount on your dashboards, as well as all the power adapters you’d expect.
LG says the devices will all go on sale in the US by summer, although no news on how this translates to Europe. They’ll be priced from $800 for the LN790 down to $350 for the lower-spec models.
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I hope these offer Navtones celebrity voices like the tomtom – looks like a nice clean unit.