UPDATE: Okay commenters, you’re right, it’s not the iGO interface, but it does appear to be the Navman interface, and not the Spirit. I stand by my Black Friday prediction though!
Mio just can’t seem to make up their mind. When we last heard from them they were touting the Spirit interface on their S-series units. I never got to play with one for more than a few minutes, but it seemed pretty clunky to me.
Well this morning we learned about two new models, the Moov M300 and M400 (pictured above), which appear to use their old iGO interface. But wait; Nav N Go, creator of iGO, suspended their relationship with Mio early last year due to “breach of contract.” Further confusing matters is Mio’s lack of retail presence in the U.S., which is pretty much confined to Radio Shack at this point.
Mio seems to be withering on the vine, while parent company MiTAC, who bought Magellan late last year, continues to improve the latter. So why introduce anything at all under the Mio label?
There’s only one way this makes sense to me – I think Mio is planning on the Moov M300 being a Black Friday star with wide distribution, the way the Mio 310x was three years ago. How low could they go on the Moov M300? $69.99 seems like a safe bet, but they may be willing to push it down even further.
Enough speculation; on to the specifics of the devices. The Moov M300 is a 3.5” model, while the M400 is 4.3”. Both feature maps of the entire U.S., text-to-speech, 4 million POIs and lane guidance. MSRP’s are $119.99 and $149.99. Both are slated to be available later this month.