Garmin, well-known GPS equipment maker, has recently unveiled its newest outdoor handheld GPS device, the Garmin Monterra. New device comes with WiFi connectivity and Android operating system to take advantage of the features. Few years ago, the company partnered with Asus have launched Android-powered GPS devices such as the Nuvifone and Garminfone.
Today, the Garmin Monterra is become the first WiFi-enabled outdoor handheld GPS device made by Garmin to runs Android software. As far as outdoor design goes, the Monterra is a rugged and waterproof device that fits IPX7-rated. It is designed for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who want the ultimate ability to customize GPS device.
There are Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, NFC and ANT+ connectivity. Users also can sharing maps, tracks, waypoints, and routes. The Android handheld GPS is equipped with an 8MP camera with 1080p Full HD video recording and LED flash to capturing your favorite moments while you’re outdoor activities. The Garmin Monterra brings a 4-inch sunlight-readable LED backlight display with a resolution of 272 x 480 pixels and touchscreen input. In additional, the handheld GPS device has speaker, FM radio and NOAA weather radio.
As far as GPS goes, it is built-in 3-axis compass, accelerometer, and gyro. Moreover, this outdoor handheld GPS has barometric altimeter to tracking pinpointing altitude and pressure change. In term of outdoor feature, Monterra is integrated UV sensor, which allowing users to monitoring sun’s intensity. Garmin Monterra provides high-sensitivity as well as dual-band GPS and GLONASS receiver, which finding location precisely and quickly.
Garmin Monterra outdoor handheld GPS device will be available in Q3 2013 and asking price of $649.99.
Source [press release]
Introducing Monterra: New Garmin Outdoor Handheld with Android OS