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    9/27/2007

~ Mio Introduces GPS Device for the 21st Century Explorer and Gadget Fanatic ~

NEW YORK – Sept. 27, 2007 – At the DigitalLife technology tradeshow, Mio Technology, a leading worldwide supplier of personal GPS navigation devices, unveiled its newest portable navigation and entertainment device designed for those looking to maximize their travel experience.  The Mio DigiWalker™ C720t combines the convenience of GPS technology with useful tools including a two-megapixel camera, real-time traffic updates, a 4.3-inch widescreen display, text-to-speech driving instructions and enhanced Bluetooth® capabilities.  Whether traveling across the country or simply driving through town, the C720t’s integrated tools make it a perfect companion for a modern explorer’s digital lifestyle.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The C720t makes it fun and easy to capture and store digital photos of your travels. The integrated two-megapixel camera allows users to embed GPS coordinates into images and navigate back to the photographed location.  Business card recognition software is also included with this feature, automatically inputting data into your contacts list by simply taking a photo of a business card.  Adventures with family, friends or colleagues can now be easily stored, organized and enjoyed over and over again. 
  
“We are confident that the C720t will dramatically alter the perception of GPS technology,” said Kiyoshi Hamai, North American sales director, Mio Technology Ltd.  “Mio Technology is committed to moving beyond simple driving directions by combining GPS with other portable technologies, and we see the ability to navigate to destinations shown in photos and to sort images by location as a natural evolution of the Mio Technology promise. We’re thinking outside the car.”
  
Navigate in First Class
To help users avoid traffic jams and car accidents, the C720t comes with a Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) cradle and three-month paid TMC subscription.  Real-time updates, provided by ClearChannel’s network of affiliates, can be easily viewed on the C720t’s split-screen interface, which will instantly allow you to route around the obstruction.

The Mio DigiWalker C720t has an industry-leading 12 million points of interest in its memory to provide endless recommendations for shopping, dining, sight-seeing and entertainment across North America.  Users can now customize their point-of-interest database by using photo-posting sites such as Google Earth and Flicker to load additional “PhotoPOIs” onto an SD card.  The point-of-interest database is just a jumping off point to a lifetime of plotting your own course. 

The device includes full maps of the U.S. and Canada, as well as additional map information for Mexico City, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes and major roads throughout Mexico. With expanded map data and integrated features, you’re ready to cross every border in North America – unless your dog eats your passport. 

Mio DigiWalker C720t Product Specifications
To top off this all-in-one GPS device, Mio has incorporated essential features in the C720t, including integrated Bluetooth support and a built-in media player for sharing photos, music and videos.  The C720t also comes packaged with a car mount, USB cable and protective carrying case.  With pre-loaded maps, the C720t is ready to operate in minutes with no computer set-up required.   Digital video, audio and photo files are easily loaded using the built-in SD/MMC slot.

GPS Receiver Channels 20-channel SiRFstarIII
Memory On-board 2 GB NAND flash memory, 64 MB RAM
Display 4.3" TFT with Touch Screen and 65k Colors
WQVGA – 480 x 272 pixels / landscape orientation
Storage Format SD/MMC Memory Expansion Module
Speaker/Earphones Built-in speaker and 2.5 mm headphone jack
Camera Two-megapixel, digital zoom, 320 x 240 to 1600 x 1200, multi-shot, 5/10 second timer
Battery 1300 mAH rechargeable Li-ion battery
USB V2.1
Weight 6.7 oz (190g)
Dimensions 4.96" x 3.19" x 0.78"

Price and Availability
The MSRP for the Mio DigiWalker C720t is $599.95 U.S.  The device is available immediately at select Best Buy locations as well as other national consumer electronics retailers. 

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, the company is dedicated to the development of enabling devices.  Its main business is the sale of Mio DigiWalker™ - branded mobile communication 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 online at www.mio-tech.com.

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