Garmin Announces Its First GPS-Enabled Pocket PC

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Garmin has announced the iQue M5, its first GPS-enabled Pocket PC. The company has been offering a pair of Palm OS models with built-in GPS receivers for some time.

The M5 will run Microsoft’s latest Pocket PC software, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, which supports portrait/landscape screen orientation.

It will be powered by a 416 MHz Intel XScale processor. The iQue M5 has 64 MB of RAM, plus an SD card slot for additional storage.

GPS Functions

Featuring a built-in basemap of North and South America, the iQue M5 will show major highways, thoroughfares, railways, lakes, rivers and borders. Garmin will include its MapSource City Select CD as a standard accessory, so users will be able to download detailed street-level map data, look up more than five million points of interest (POIs), and navigate to an address in the U.S. and Canada.

World travelers will also be able to add a European or Pacific Rim basemap from the installation CD. International versions of the iQue M5 will feature appropriate basemaps, mapping software, and language support.

The integrated Que applications will allow users to see where they are on an electronic map, look up a point of interest, and route to it — following voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to their selected destination. If they miss a turn, the iQue M5 will automatically recalculate a new route to get them back on track. Advanced routing features will include the ability to specify roadways to avoid and find POIs near the current route.

Maps will be displayed on this handheld’s 240 by 320 pixel, 3.5-inch diagonal display.

The GPS antenna on the iQue M5 will fold flush with the back of the unit when not in use to save space (see picture below).

Other Features

This Pocket PC will have built-in Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, allowing it to connect to keyboards, printers, and other handhelds and mobile phones to exchange files.

It will not include Wi-Fi, but it might be possible to add this through an SDIO card.

Garmin iQue M5 The M5 will be 5.0 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.74 inches thick. It will weigh 5.2 oz.

This device will come with a cradle, plus it will include an automotive mount with an integrated speaker and 12-volt car adapter. It will also ship with a flip cover.

Garmin says its 1,250 mAh, swappable battery will let this handheld run for 5 to 7 hours of continuous PDA/GPS use.

The Garmin M5 will be available later this month for a suggested price of $750. Additional information is available on the Garmin web site.

This announcement was made at the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas.

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