A little over two years ago, MiTAC purchased the consumer products division of the old Magellan Navigation company. The latter went on to become known as Ashtech, continuing to sell professional grade GPS receivers under the MobileMapper brand. I don’t know if there was a two-year non-compete clause or if that doesn’t apply in this case, but MiTAC’s Magellan GPS is back in the game as of today, announcing the Magellan eXplorist PRO 10.
It appears to use a hardware platform based on the consumer-grade eXplorist 710, a device that I thought had a great interface. Hardware is where the similarities end though, as the PRO model will be running Windows Mobile 6.5. Don’t expect sub-meter accuracy either, though the PRO 10 does include Bluetooth allowing you to connect a high-accuracy GPS receiver. Any bets on how long it takes Garmin to enter this market?
Here is the full news release in case you’re dying to know more.