FCC documents reveal new TomTom One XL, TomTom Duo, TomTom GO 715 GPS devices.
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GPS maker TomTom has been pretty quiet as of late, but thanks to some FCC slips, it looks like we'll be seeing several new in-car GPS devices from the company soon. Details are pretty light at the moment, but here's what we know so far. First, there's a product called the TomTom One XL. A follow-up to the no-frills TomTom One, the XL is said to feature a larger 4.3-inch touch screen and integrated Bluetooth so you can use it as a hands-free speaker system. You'll also have the option to receive real-time traffic updates, either through TomTom's Plus services or with an optional traffic receiver and a subscription to the Traffic Message Channel.
Next up is the TomTom Duo. It has the standard text- and voice-guided directions, Bluetooth, yadda, yadda, but perhaps more interesting than the device itself is the docking system that accompanies the portable navigation system. It appears the dock can accomdate the Duo as well as an iPod or some other MP3 player so you can listen to music through an FM transmitter. However, as GPS Review points out, the question remains whether the setup will be a replacement for your car stereo or a standalone piece.
Finally, there's the TomTom GO 715. An upgrade to the Europe-only GO 710, the standout feature on the GO 715 is the integrated SIM card slot, so you can pop in your phone's SIM to make calls and send/receive text message. Huh--interesting. No word on whether this will be a Europe-only system like the GO 710, but all three of these GPS devices are rumored to be officially announced at CeBIT, which starts on Thursday, March 15. Stay tuned.