Garmin Announces iQue 3000, Entry-Level GPS Handheld

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Garmin ique 3000

The Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t start officially until the 5th, but we’re already seeing the first new releases sprinting ahead of the pack. Garmin is releasing the iQue 3000, another new handheld with built-in GPS. The 3000 features Palm OS 5, a 320 x 320 screen, 200 MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, and a MicroSD slot. The device will come with a 128 MB MicroSD card, accessory bundle, and a map set on DVD. It’s expected to be available in February at a price point of $425.

Somehow, I’m guessing that this announcement was a day or two premature. From the press release:

The iQue 3000 is one of the many products that Garmin announced at the 2006 CES in Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2006.

http://www.garmin.com/pressroom/mobile/010306b.html

Garmin iQue 3000 Features

  • Operating system: Palm OS 5
  • Processor: ARM 9 200 MHz with built-in GPS correlator
  • Unit size: 2.8″ W x 4.7 ” H x 0.7″ D
  • Weight: 5.2 oz
  • Display information: 320 x 320-pixel color TFT Touchscreen display; 54 x 54 mm screen size
  • Dedicated Graffiti writing area; usable screen area of 3.0″ (diagonal)
  • Internal Memory: 32 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM
  • Expandable Memory: microSD card included (128 MB microSD card for North America, or 256 MB preprogrammed microSD card for Europe and Australia)
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Size: 4.7″ x 2.8″ x .77″
  • 1050 mAh Li-ion battery & charger (same type of battery found in the iQue 3200)
  • 3D & 2D map views
  • Headphone jack
  • Internal speaker
  • MP3 playback
  • USB interface
  • microSD card expansion slot
  • IRDA (Infrared communication)
  • MCX jack for an optional external antenna
  • Hard Graffiti area
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