Mio will be announcing several new models at CES a little later today. As we predicted last week, these units will incorporate the Spirit interface with what they are now calling "slide screen" technology. Here are details on the new models, all slated to be available in the first half of 2009:
- Mio Moov S300 - 3.5" display, preloaded maps of the U.S. and Canada, text-to-speech and over 12 million POIs for an MSRP of $199.99
- Mio Moov S500 - All the features of the S300, with an extra wide 4.7" display for an MSRP of $249.99
- Mio Moov S556 - All the features of the S500, plus Bluetooth and Junction View for an MSRP of $299.99
- Mio Moov S700 - An RV-friendly 7" display, MAD Maps content, A/V input, preloaded maps of the U.S. and Canada, text-to-speech and over 12 million POIs for an MSRP of $299.99
I'm very pleased to see Mio offering devices with this many POIs. It pains me to see entry-level devices, with as few as 750,000 POIs, that are bound to disappoint first-time buyers. Mio was on their way to being a strong second tier brand in the U.S. with their DigiWalker series. Their next introduction, the first-generation Moov series, just wasn't up to par though. Perhaps the new interface, combined with a large POI database, aggressive pricing and an excellent entry-level feature set, will make them a player once more.