Details of new TomTom GO's emerge
Friday March 3, 2006
- With less than a week to go before the official launch of the new TomTom GO's at CeBIT, more and more details become public...
Yes, we've already held one of the new GO's in our hands. Today, during a photo session at TomTom HQ in Amsterdam, we've had the chance to play with the new 910 model for a short while. And eventhough most of the details are still NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) material until the official launch day, we are allowed to say a thing or two about one of the new options: the text-to-speech functionality of the 910.TomTom GO 510 (with regional map): € 499,- (£340,-)
TomTom GO 710 (with Europe map): € 599,- (£405,-)
TomTom GO 910: € 699,- (£475,-)
The text-to-speech functionality enables your GO to say street and city names out loud. So from now on you won't only be instructed to go left or right, but you'll also hear the name of the street added to the command. And we have to say: this works beautifully! The voice we heard sounded very natural and it's hard even to recognise it as a 'computer generated voice'. Truly impressive and an enrichment for navigational ease!
For other details you'll have to wait a bit more until CeBIT next week. Then all NDA's will be lifted and we'll be able to give you the whole story!
Eventhough TomTom doesn't want to announce the prices of the new models just yet, we've got a pretty good idea what to expect. It's said that the TomTom GO 910 will be sold for less than €700,- (£475,-). Taking the price of the TomTom ONE into account (€399,- / £270), and considering that the 510 and 710 are identical, apart from their maps, we believe pricing will be something like this:
Unfortunately, we have to post some bad news as well: today TomTom annouced that it will be May 2006 before the new GO's will be available in the UK. A reason for this was not specified. In the Benelux, the units are still expected to ship at the beginning of this April.
Here and there on the web, other details about the new GO's are being posted. Here's some of those details:
TomTom has equipped all new GO's with an iPod interface. This enables you to connect your iPod directly to your GO. Once the iPod is connected, it can be completely controlled from your GO.
All GO's are also equipped with a light sensor, which measures the level of illumination in the immediate area. This enables the GO to automatically adjust the screen brightness to the surroundings, and switch to night view when it becomes dark.
As an added level of protection, the new GO's will only work if you enter a PIN code.
The GO 910 will be the only unit that will ship with a remote control in the box. And the harddisk of the high-end model indeed seems to be 20 GB. Of these 20GB, 16GB can be used to store MP3 files.
If more details arise, we'll keep you informed...