Garmin® updates popular series of handhelds with redesigned antenna, Active Weather and Geocaching Live
OLATHE, Kan.—Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Oregon 700, 750 and 750t, an update to its popular series of touchscreen outdoor handhelds. Featuring high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS support, the new Oregon 700 series has a redesigned GPS antenna for better reception and performance. All models feature a worldwide basemap with shaded relief, while the 750t adds preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps. The new 700 series boast the new Active Weather feature for up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar, as well as Geocaching Live for wireless integration with Geocaching.com. All of the new Oregon 700 models include more connectivity features1 like smart notifications and automatic uploads, and will be compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ™ platform.
“The redesigned antenna paired with new features like Active Weather, Geocaching Live and Connect IQ compatibility make these new Oregon units the ultimate rugged outdoor devices that can be completely customized to each user.”
“We are thrilled to introduce an update to the Oregon series of handhelds,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The redesigned antenna paired with new features like Active Weather, Geocaching Live and Connect IQ compatibility make these new Oregon units the ultimate rugged outdoor devices that can be completely customized to each user.”
The new Oregon 700 series features high-sensitivity GPS plus GLONASS support with a totally redesigned antenna for better reception and performance. All models come preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap for easy navigation and a 1-year subscription to BirdsEye satellite imagery for real-life terrain views2. The Oregon 750 and 750t have a built-in 8MP camera with flash capabilities for geotagged photos, and the Oregon 750t comes preloaded with TOPO US 100K maps. Additionally, all of the units have a built-in microSD card slot for more data storage and additional mapping like TOPO US 24K for detailed topography information or HuntView™ to see public and private land data while hunting.
In addition to mapping, all of the new handhelds have a built-in ABC sensors: the altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term changes in air pressure, and the 3-axis electronic compass helps users keep their bearings, even when standing still. There is also an updated and simplified menu interface, which feature a variety of activity profiles such as hike, mountain bike, climb, hunt, geocache, fish and more.
All of the new Oregon 700 handhelds include the new Active Weather feature for real-time forecast information with live weather radar so users can always be aware of both inclement weather and perfect conditions for their outdoor adventures2.
With a Wifi connection or through the Garmin Connect Mobile app on a compatible smartphone, all of the new Oregon handhelds will have wireless integration with Geocaching.com for Geocaching Live. Users will be able to wirelessly download cache descriptions, logs and hints, even if they’re out in the field. Once a geocache is logged as found, it will be automatically uploaded to the user’s Geocaching.com profile. Premium Geocaching.com members will also be able to sync their geocaching lists directly to their device. Users can even use the LiveTrack feature to broadcast their location to family and friends and let them know they’ll be the first to find a new geocache.
In addition to Active Weather and Geocaching Live, the Oregon 700 series have a variety of new connected features. These are the first GPS handhelds to be compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ platform, which was previously only available for Garmin wearables. With Connect IQ, Oregon 700 series users can customize their device with more data fields, widgets and apps to fit their individual lifestyles3. Users can also pair their handhelds with their compatible smartphone4 for call, text and email notifications right on the device, as well as wireless software downloads and automatic data uploads to the Garmin Connect™ online community.
Featuring a 3-inch sunlight readable touchscreen display with dual orientation capabilities, these devices have a rugged design with an IPX7 water rating5 to withstand the elements. These units also have a unique dual battery system, which is compatible with either AA batteries or an optional NiMH rechargeable battery pack. The new handhelds can get up to 16 hours of battery life using either option.
The Oregon 700 series units are available now for purchase. The Oregon 700 will have a suggested retail price of $399.99; the Oregon 750 will have a suggested retail price of $499.99; and the Oregon 750t will have a suggested retail price of $549.99.
The Oregon 700 Series is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing or dog training, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go tohttp://www.garmin.com/outdoors, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.
1 Requires WiFi connective or compatible smartphone running Garmin Connect Mobile.
2 Software download required. For more information visit Garmin.com/BirdsEye.
3 Data fields available at launch, widgets and apps will be available in a future software update.
4 See Garmin.com/BLE
5 See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details on water ratings.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and Oregon and are registered trademarks, and Connect IQ and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.