Magellan has announced two more members of their Maestro series, the Magellan Maestro 3100 and 3140. Both are based on the thin Magellan Maestro 4000 series models, which have a 4" screen. The 3000 series will have a smaller form factor, with a 3.5" screen. Both the 3100 and 3140 will sport the SiRFstar III chipset. According to Magellan,
“Without compromising the quality and richness of experience that Magellan stands for, we have been able to pack into an even smaller form factor premium features found in the Maestro 4000 series. These include text-to-speech, full map coverage, AAA travel information, and more. In addition, they are the first auto navigation solutions on the market that use the new Samsung 2443 processor for rapid routing."
The Magellan Maestro 3100 includes pre-loaded maps of the contiguous United States, but according to TigerGPS, it only has 750,000 points of interest (POIs). I don’t know why Magellan even sells units with such a low number of POIs. If you’ve ever used a GPS with such a small database, you’re bound to remember it as an incredibly frustrating experience. Priced at $299.99, Magellan says the 3100 will be ready for delivery this month, though TigerGPS is forecasting an early May availability date.
The Magellan Maestro 3140 adds to the 3100’s feature set, with pre-loaded maps of the entire U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, a much deeper 4.5 million POIs, AAA TourBook travel information and member roadside assistance details, and Bluetooth hands-free phone calling functionality. Additionally, the 3140 sports text-to-speech functionality, so it calls out the street names for upcoming turns. Finally, the 3140 can be upgraded to include live traffic info. Priced at $399.99, the Maestro 3140 is expected to be available in late May 2007.