Sony’s NV-U73T and NV-U83T portable GPS navigation systems will be immediately available for purchase at online and brick-and-mortar retail locations. First announced at CES 2008 last early last month in Las Vegas, both Sony models feature technological improvements that emphasize driver safety such as text-to-speech and nearly 5 million points of interest and preloaded maps of both the United States and Canada. Though both the NV-U73T and NV-U83T features the high-end SiRF StarIII GPS receiver, they also feature Sony’s Position Plus technology including pressure, gyro, and acceleration sensors providing more accurate positioning in classic trouble spots such as in tunnels, under bridges, and in between tall buildings.
The NV-U73T has a 4.3 inch touchscreen and will be priced at a reasonable $300, while the flagship NV-U83T has a 4.8-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio touchscreen with integrated Bluetooth for hands-free calling and a slightly more expensive $400 price point. Both models have certain features that can be utilized by the motion of your finger without any screen contact and a 3D dual view mode for navigating complicating intersections.