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  • Mio Launches Ultra-Slim Navigation Devices with Innovative New Mio Spirit Software
    5/12/2009
 (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –05/12/2009) – Mio, a leading maker of PNDs (Portable Navigation Devices), announced they are introducing two new S-series models for the U.S. market in June.  Both the new arrivals, the Mio Moov S401 and S501, are fully-featured and will include the all new Mio Spirit navigation software.

The new Spirit software features bold and intuitive new menu screens, clear, uncluttered map views for easier reading on the go and enhanced search capabilities for fewer taps and clicks to find your destination. In addition, the newly designed screen navigation allows the user to conveniently dock POI searches and menus to the side of the viewing area to expose the real-time maps which can be returned to center screen with a tap. The new software also gives users a host of useful functions for more easily exploring their surroundings.  Samuel Wang, President of Mio Technology Corp. said: “In the two years of research and development for Spirit, Mio found that users were looking for an easier way to interact with their GPS device and take advantage of its capabilities.  Spirit is Mio’s response providing a unique and improved overall user experience.”

The Moov S501 features a 4.7”display and ultra slim body, Mio’s thinnest design ever. The entry level Moov S401 comes with a 4.3” display. Both sleek and stylish models feature a rubberized, non-skid bezel for easy handling; large, widescreen, anti-glare, touchscreen displays and convenient Home Button for instantly returning to the Main Menu. 

The Mio S-series provides a complete navigation experience with new ways to plan trips and explore along the way as well as at the destination.  The user can plan ahead with the Google™ Send-to-GPS function by sending locations from Google Maps.   NavPix™ lets users navigate to geo-coded photos.  Unlike traditional POI searches, Mio’s Explore 360° provides an expanded, easy to read view of surrounding POIs by simply clicking any spot on the map. The new, intuitive Keyword Search allows users to input keywords, partial words, or even combine keywords (like place and city names) for more specific search results.  And, the exclusive Mio Capture function allows users to save favorite places and routes to share and re-visit later with family and friends.

For help in these economic times Mio has included money saving features as well.  The Economical
Routing function saves fuel by selecting more efficient routes with fewer turns and stops while Local Gas Price Search finds the lowest fuel prices in the area.   Additionally, the MioMore 2 Desktop, the PC companion software for the S-Series, can help the consumer calculate mileage and fuel economy. 

For safety and confidence on the road, the S-Series features Text-to-Speech (spoken street names) pre-loaded in three languages, Lane Guidance which prepares drivers to be in the proper lane for turns and Speed Limit Alerts.

The S401 comes pre-loaded with 4 Million POIs and US maps (50 states and Puerto Rico).  The S501 is preloaded with 12 Million POIs and North American maps (US and Canada). Both are ready to go straight out of the box with no computer set-up required.

 

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Price and Availability


The MSRP for the Mio Moov S401 and S501 are $179.99 and $199.99 respectively. The devices will be available at Radio Shack nationwide in June 2009.

Mio Moov S401 and S501 GPS Product Specifications

 

 

Mio Moov S401

Mio Moov S501


GPS Receiver Channels

20 channel Highly Sensitive GPS Receiver

20 channel Highly Sensitive GPS Receiver

Display

4.3 TFT with anti-glare touchscreen, 480 x  272 color LCD

4.7 TFT with anti-glare touchscreen, 480 x  272 color LCD

Speaker

Built-in speaker

Built-in speaker

Text-to-Speech

Yes (English, Spanish, French)

Yes (English, Spanish, French)

TMC Module

Optional

Optional

USB

V2.0

V2.0

Weight

0.38 lb (174.5g)

0.38 lb (175g)

Dimensions

5X3.15X0.71 in.

5.31X3.35X0.64 in.

Map

Pre-loaded Maps of the US (50 States and Puerto Rico)

Pre-loaded Maps of the United States and Canada

POI

4 Million POIs

12 Million POIs

 


Mio Technology Corporation

Mio Technology develops and markets products which enable users to take advantage of the latest developments in mobile services. The brand was established in May 2002 and now has operations in Taiwan, mainland China, Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Mio currently employees 1,700 employees worldwide and sells and markets its products in over 47 countries and territories.
It is Mio’s prediction that mobile life and mobile business will be the mainstay of life in the future. Products, including Car Navigation, Portable navigation and navigation PDA systems, have been developed by focusing on the needs of customers. Mio’s brand tagline, “Explore More”, focuses on changing the way people experience the world and letting users know that they can explore the world easily and freely.

Press Contact

Mio Technology USA:

 

Michael Williams

Director of Consumer Marketing, Mio Technology

Mio Technology HQ:

 

Sharon Chu

Branding PR and Communications Team

Mio Technology Corp.

 

510-252-6955

 

886-2-2652-8888 ext. 5204

 

michael.williams@mio.com

 

 

Sharon.wjchu@mio.com

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