Sanyo Electric Co Ltd unveiled four models of new PND targeting the North American market at International CES 2008, which started Jan 7, 2008.
The most significant feature is that all four models are provided with a video input port for a camera as standard. When connected with a rear camera (separately sold), these PNDs can be used as a rearview monitor.
The three higher-end models, the NVM-4370, NVM-4350 and NVM-4330, have a 4.3-inch LCD and a 4-Gbyte built-in flash memory and incorporate a Li-ion rechargeable battery. These models are equipped with "Text-to-Speech (TTS)" functionality, which reads out positional information and the names of 7 million points in a synthesized voice. They also feature an MP3 music player.
The NVM-4370 and NVM-4350 are also provided with an image viewer (compatible with the JPEG format) and a mobile phone hands-free capability based on Bluetooth. The NVM-4370 also has a video player (compatible with the MP4 format).
The NVM-4370 is priced at US$449, the NVM-4350 at US$399 and the NVM-4330 at US$299. They will be available in order from April 2008.
The lower-end model, the NVM-3500, is equipped with a 3.5-inch LCD and stores map data in a 2-Gbyte SD memory card. It also incorporates a Li-ion rechargeable battery, but when used alone, the battery in this model powers the device for a shorter period than those used in the higher-end models.
The NVM-3500 is positioned as a lower-priced model that holds positional information on fewer points (1.8 million points) and excludes multimedia functions such as an image viewer. It is slated for launch in August 2008 at a price of US$199.