TomTom has announced a new high-end TomTom GO series this morning, including 4.3″, 5″ and 6″ models. While the details aren’t entirely clear, it appears that all models will include a capacitive multi-touch display and 3D buildings.
Lifetime traffic x 2
The new devices will offer two ways to get lifetime traffic data, “Smartphone Connected” or “Always Connected.” These will possibly be separate models:
The new TomTom GO range has a simplified product line-up. Customers can select their preferred screen size, choosing from a 4.3”, 5” or 6” model; then decide how they prefer to receive their TomTom Traffic information, either via Smartphone Connected or Always Connected.
The former will utilize a Bluetooth connection, while the latter will apparently use a built-in cellular modem:
Always Connected devices offer the simplest way to receive TomTom Traffic straight out of the box. With connectivity built-in and with no additional costs for roaming, drivers can easily access TomTom Traffic and other services, including TomTom Speed Cameras, whenever needed.
A new interface places the emphasis on the map and less on a traditional menu system. You can see it a bit in this promo video:
My understanding is that the new GO series will be released later this year, and in Europe before the US. But I’m betting they try to hit the US market before the holidays. No word on pricing yet, and models numbers weren’t announced although the image above was named TT_GO50XX.
UPDATE: Here’s the full news release.