Garmin Officially Unveils iQue 3200

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Garmin has announced the iQue 3200, a less-expensive version of its Palm OS Handheld with a built-in GPS receiver.

The most significant difference between this upcoming model and its predecessor, the iQue 3600, is the size of the screen. The iQue 3200 will have a 320-by-320-pixel display that has a diagonal measurement of 3 inches. Garmin’s original handheld model has a 320-by-480-pixel display that measures 3.8 inches.

Another difference is Garmin has left the headphone jack out of the new model. As a result, the internal speaker is the only option for playing voice-guidance commands.

Aside from these changes, the iQue 3200 will be quite similar to the original model.

It will run Palm OS Garnet (5) on a 200 MHz Motorola MXL ARM 9 processor. It will have 32 MB of RAM. Of course it will come with the standard Palm OS apps as well as GPS mapping software.

Garmin iQue 3200 The iQue 3200 will have the ability to handle route planning and give the user verbal and visual cues on when to turn. It will be able to automatically generate a route from the current location to any entry in the Address Book.

It will ship with maps of either selected U.S. or European cities. It will use the company’s MapSource maps so many additional ones will be available. It will have an SD slot for storing additional maps.

The iQue 3200 will be 5.0 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (72 x 128 x 20.3 mm).

The list price for the iQue 3200 is $535.70. This is a bit over $50 less than the iQue 3600’s list price.

Garmin expects the iQue 3200 to be available next month.

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