Navman Readying New GPS-Enabled Pocket PC

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Navman has taken the wraps off an upcoming Pocket PC with a built-in GPS receiver.

This won’t the be first GPS-enabled handheld to come from this company; its first one, however, was simply a rebranded version of the MiTAC Mio 168.

Like its predecessor, the new model, the Navman PiN 57, will come with the latest version of SmartST, the company’s navigation software. According to Tech Digest, this can handle all the tasks one would expect, like turn-by-turn routing and pointing out POI (points of interest).

Navman PiN 57 This Windows Mobile device will use a 266 MHz processor from Samsung. It will include 64 MB of RAM, plus an SD/MMC slot for additional storage.

The PiN 57’s 3.5-inch Touchscreen will have a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels.

It won’t have either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth built in, but it will support SDIO cards, so Wi-Fi can be added.

The Navman PiN 57 will be released in May. The only price currently known is what the company intends to charge in the U.K.: 349 pounds.

What’s a GPS Receiver?

The Global Positioning System is a collection of satellites in Earth orbit. Each one of these is constantly broadcasting a very precise time signal.

A GPS receiver on the ground picks up these signals. Because radio waves don’t travel instantly from the satellite to the receiver, it’s possible to determine the distance between the two.

When this is done with several satellites, the receiver’s position on the Earth can be determined quite accurately.

Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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