A few months ago, we spotted ViaMichelin's X-980T
on the FCC's site, but with Europe-only maps, so that wasn't really too useful for those of us on this side of the pond. But ViaMichelin
's pulled a fast one on us and has just released a model called the X-930 before
the X-980T: its first entry-level device targeted specifically at North American consumers. It's got all the standard stuff that you'd expect from a unit of this caliber: a SiRF Star III receiver, 3.5-inch screen, SD card slot, 1.5 million points of interest plotted across maps of the US and Canada, 32MB of RAM, and a 312MHz processor. For now, it looks like New York electronics retailer J&R has a short exclusive on this one, and will be selling it for $250. However, other retailers should have it for $300 before the end of the month -- that is, assuming people can find those stores without the benefit of GPS.