Sony’s NV-U94T PND is the company’s flagship addition to its Nav-U line and is accompanied by the NV-U84, NV-U74T, and NV-U44 models. The NV-U94T succeeds the NV-U83T with faster routing and PositionPlus, a technology that uses accelerometers and for some reason, a barometer, to find your position when the satellite signal is lost. In the NV-U94T’s cradle is a RDS-TMC real-time traffic receiver, allowing real-time traffic updates on the PND’s large 4.8-inch widescreen display. Other features of the Nav-U flagship model include a database of more than 5 million POIs, increased use of branding icons to improve on-screen navigation, MP3 and non-DRM AAC audio playback, MPEG-4 video playback, JPEG playback using a Memory Stick Duo card, Bluetooth, and a design that’s 30% thinner than the NV-U83T.
The NV-U74T features a 4.3-inch screen features a built-in RDS-TMC traffic receiver, but loses both audio and video playback. The NV-U84 keeps the large 4.8-inch screen, but loses some top-end specs such as Bluetooth, PositionPlus, and real-time traffic updates. Finally, the NV-U44, also known as the runt of the litter, is nothing more than an entry-level device sporting only a 3.5-inch screen and none of the high-end features of the other models. It does however add wine red and silver color options to the gunmetal gray standard color of the other models.
Available in September, the NV-U94T, NV-U74T, NV-U84, and NV-U44 will be priced at $400, $350, $300, and $250 respectively.