Unannounced Garmin Handheld Wins Award

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 iQue 3600 Last month, Motorola revealed that Garmin International was planning to release a Palm OS Handheld with a built-in GPS receiver that uses a Motorola processor, though Garmin itself didn’t have anything to say about the device at that time. Now Garmin has announced that it has won a Consumer Electronics Association Best of Innovations Award for its upcoming iQue 3600, despite the fact that the company still has not yet announced this handheld.

According to this latest release, the official announcement will finally come on January 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show. This means that not a lot is known for sure about this device. However, working from the image and the earlier Motorola press release, a few educated guesses can be made.

It certainly runs Palm OS 5 on a 150 MHZ Motorola Dragonball MXL processor. It clearly has a color screen that doesn’t have the traditional square shape, though the dimensions of this are not yet known. This means it includes a virual Graffiti area. The iQue 3600 has what appears to be a microphone near its top and speakers around the up/down buttons, hinting at its multimedia capabilities. It has a jog wheel and a couple of other buttons on the left side. And, obviously, it has a built-in GPS receiver.

The Consumer Electronics Association Best of Innovations Award recognizes the best products in the Innovations 2003 Design and Engineering Showcase at CES, which highlights products in multiple categories. This award is based on form, function, invention, and marketability of products.

Thanks to Palm Infocenter for the tip.

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