Garmin is announcing the GPSMAP 640 today, a new hybrid marine and auto navigator. The 600 series represents a completely new product line for Garmin. Nuvi-like in appearance, the 640 features a 5.2" touchscreen, the same size as that found on the nuvi 5000.
With a couple of extra-wide screen models out now, I’m betting we’ll see some more 5.2" automotive nuvis announced early next year at CES. The other item of interest for non-boaters is the availability of XM WX Satellite Weather™, which I’d love to see on the nuvi series and Garmin handhelds. And as long as I’m wishing, if Garmin can put aerial imagery on this and other marine units, why not make it available for the rest of us too?
The 640 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2009.