ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Leveraging insights from its global telematics, GPS navigation and automotive entertainment systems businesses, LG Electronics has launched its new Portable Navigator line in the United States. Previewed in January at the 2007 International CES(R), LG's new Portable Navigator line -- models LN730, LN735 and LN740 -- is available for purchase at Circuit City stores and other leading electronics retailers across the United States. With LG's Portable Navigator line, consumers now have the convenience of GPS navigation in a highly portable, pocketable format equipped for both the United States and Canada. "The portable navigation market is moving rapidly, with a growth in unit sales of over 250 percent industrywide in the U.S. last year. LG is strategically positioned to manufacture and deliver this innovative technology to U.S. consumers," said Allan Jason, vice president of Consumer Electronics Marketing, LG Electronics USA, Inc. "LG's 25 plus years of experience serving consumer needs in both the OEM and aftermarket automotive electronics industry provide a solid foundation for our U.S. portable navigation launch." CONVENIENCE, FLEXIBILITY, PIN-POINT ACCURACY LG's Portable Navigator line offers customers slim, easy-to-use devices featuring brilliant touch-screen LCDs ranging in size from 3.5- to 4-inches, turn-by-turn voice guidance, super-slim cases for enhanced portability, and millions of points-of-interest across the United States and Canada. The LN740 and LN735 offer users turn-by-turn voice guidance with street name announcements ("Turn left on Main Street"), while the LN740 model provides access to a real-time traffic information service available in 50 North American cities with a 90-day free trial included. With a focus on great design, intuitive use and highly accurate performance, LG's slim and compact design allows simple installation and a touch-screen menu featuring user-friendly text and large icons. Key features include: -- Large and brilliant 3.5- or 4-inch displays for easy-to-read menus and maps -- Super slim and compact design for convenient portability between multiple family vehicles -- Simply designed, graphical user interface to help users customize personal settings -- Equipped with Sirf Star III for rapid and accurate map positioning -- With driver safety in mind, clear turn-by-turn voice guidance allows users to keep their eyes on the road while navigating -- Pre-loaded maps covering the United States and Canada, so drivers will always find their destination whether on a cross-country road trip or just a journey across town -- Millions of points-of-interest such as restaurants, hotels and dozens more categories that make the driver a neighborhood expert throughout the United States and Canada THREE MODELS NOW AVAILABLE FOR U.S. CONSUMERS Topping the new lineup is the LG LN740 with a bright 4-inch display and slim design that provide a brilliant and easy-to-read map display while maintaining a high level of portability for simple transport among multiple family vehicles. Its brilliant display also automatically changes from "day mode" to "night mode" for clear visual recognition in any lighting condition. With its turn-by-turn text-to-speech voice guidance, its highly accurate pre-loaded USA and Canada map with millions of POIs, access to traffic data service via a supplied RDS-TMC antenna as well as photo and music file playback, navigation, information and entertainment are more accessible than ever. Model LN735 features a 3.5-inch display with millions of POIs and pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada. Turn-by-turn text-to-speech voice guidance and a choice of 2D or 3D map formats in either day or night modes make safe and easy driving a snap. In addition to music and photo playback capabilities, the unit includes a high-power speaker output and up to four hours of battery life, a perfect choice for family excursions or business trips. Rounding out the line is the new LN730, which features a 3.5-inch display and comes pre-loaded with a map of the United States and Canada as well as 1.7 million POIs. In addition to music and photo playback capabilities, the unit includes 2D or 3D map options, day and night screen modes, high-power speaker output and up to a four-hour battery life. An ample supply of sturdy accessories for the home and car is provided with each model, including a suction-mount cradle perfect for holding the unit to the windshield as well as a "dash disc" for convenient mounting to most dashboards, a soft carrying pouch, a car power adaptor as well as a home power adapter, making the products conveniently transportable from home-to-vehicle or from one car to another. An additional replacement accessory kit and future map upgrades will soon also be available for purchase from LG. The LG LN740, LN735 and LN730 Portable Navigators are available with estimated retail prices of $449.95, $349.95 and $299.95, respectively. Updated information about the product line is available from LG at http://www.lgusa.com/navigation ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS USA, INC. LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $48.5-billion (2006 consolidated worldwide revenues) global force in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a wide range of digital appliances, digital display and digital media products, and mobile phones under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.LGusa.com.
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