Mio Technology Ltd.

Mio Technology Ltd.

March 21, 2005 14:38 ET

New Palm Sized GPS Navigation System from Mio

New Device Doubles as an MP3 Player and Tour Guide with Millions of Points of Interests Attention: Automotive Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor FREMONT, CALIF.--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2005) - (PRIMEZONE) -- Mio Technology Ltd., a leading worldwide vender of GPS Pocket PC's, today introduced the Mio136 GPS navigation system to North America as part of a worldwide launch. The new device is a straightforward, easy-to-use GPS navigation system combined with an extensive street atlas of the North American continent and Hawaii in a sleek silver palm-sized chassis. Incurring no setup fees or monthly charges and reasonably priced, the Mio136 is a perfect aftermarket option for automobile owners without today's expensive built-in GPS systems, yet is ideal for those who are on-the-go or on foot as well.

A downloadable 300dpi high-resolution photo of the Mio136 is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.seeyouinprint.com/mio/mio136.jpg.

Straight out of the box and no installation, the Mio136 GPS navigation system is easy to use and is a practical solution for today's owners of automobiles without a built-in GPS navigation system. The unit is "instant on" powered by an Intel 300Mhz CPU and provides both visual and verbal directions to the user's destination with over a million points of interest (POI) using an extra sensitive GPS receiver and maps stored on the included 256 MB SD/MMC storage card. Simply selecting the user's preprogrammed destinations, such as the office, home or customer, the user can get directions from any location to that destination in a simple click.

On foot or getting into a car, getting around in unfamiliar areas or finding alternative routes due to changing circumstances or conditions couldn't be easier. Maps are displayed in landscape view on a 3.5" TFT touch screen LCD and in 2D or 3D. In 3D view, users have a safer and better grasp of what lies ahead, see landmarks, road conditions and POI as compared to moving along a 2-dimensional map. If the user misses a turn, exit or cannot make a transition in time, the Mio136 automatically recalculates the route and delivers new directions in real-time. Other features include route and trip planning, an easy-to-use interface with large onscreen icons and hot keys/buttons, free North American map on CD-ROM and an excellent MP3 media player with an SD/MMC expansion slot.

Keeping things simple and easy, maps are easily loaded on the SD/MMC storage card. Users simply plug the card into the USB adaptor, select the region they want on the CD-ROM and transfer it to the card. The card and the map are then simply inserted into the memory slot of the Mio136. By using a larger SD/MMC storage card, users can add additional regions.

Price and Availability

No extra accessories needed. Right from the box, the Mio136 comes complete with everything needed to mount in an automobile: AC charger, 12 Volt charger, USB cables, 256 MB SD/MMC card, SD/MMC card reader, modern protective case, head phones, mounting bracket and arm. The MSRP for the standard Mio136 is $499. In the United States and Canada, the Mio136 is available through partnerships found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.miogps.com/where2buy.htm.

Specifications are available at: http://www.miogps.com/products_136specs.htm.

About Mio Technology Ltd. (MTL)

Mio Technology Ltd. (MTL) operations are worldwide. Foreseeing that the mobile lifestyle and mobile commerce will be mainstays of life in the near future, it is dedicated to the development of enabling devices. Its main business is the manufacture and sales of Mio DigiWalker(tm)-branded mobile communications products, such as smartphones, Pocket PCs, and handheld GPS systems.

For additional information on MTL and its products, the North American headquarters are located at 47988 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. Phone (510) 252-6950 -- fax (510) 252-6930 -- e-mail at sales@miogps.com. The company is on the World Wide Web at http://www.miogps.com/index.htm.

Note to Editors: For high-resolution images (300dpi) and product specifications, please contact Fred Golightly by phone at (714) 662-2028, extension 602, or e-mail at fred@seeyouinprint.com.


Customer Contact:
Mio Technology Ltd.
Julie Nguy
(510) 252-6955

Editorial Contact:
See You In Print, Inc.
Fred Golightly
(714) 662-2028 Ext. 602
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