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January 7, 1999

Garmin® Introduces Color Handheld - the GPS 12CX

New unit combines brilliant color screen with amazing 35-hour battery life

OLATHE, Kan. – Garmin International, the leading manufacturer of consumer GPS products, announces the introduction of the GPS 12CX – Garmin's first color handheld unit. This 12 parallel channel receiver is similar to the extremely popular GPS 12XL, but carries a number of advanced software features including a point database of cities, exclusive TracBack® navigation and graphic steering guidance. Even more incredible, the GPS 12CX accomplishes all of these things while providing a longer battery life -- up to 35 hours.

With its new color LCD screen, users will be able to clearly differentiate between nearby waypoints and tangled track-logs. Characters, icons, numbers and letters will be displayed in crisp red, green and blue.

"Garmin has once again proven how advanced GPS technology can be," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing. "With the 12CX we've combined waterproof construction, a color display and 35 hours of operation to create a great new handheld product."

The GPS 12CX also features dedicated zoom keys for quick map scaling. Additionally, new graphic interface will organize your waypoints into an easily accessible tab-file system.

Significant features of the GPS 12CX include:

  • 12 parallel channel receiver
  • Up to 9 different languages available on screen display
  • Submersible waterproof construction protects unit (IEC-529, IPX7 standard)
  • 10 year lithium battery back-up keeps stored data safe
  • Up to 35 hour battery life using four AA alkaline batteries
  • 1,000 user waypoints with graphic icons

Garmin's 12CX is shipped standard with 4 AA batteries, lanyard, carrying case, owner's manual and quick reference guide. The unit will be available in January 1999 at a manufacturer's suggested list price of $432.71.

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