CES: Garmin enters golf GPS handset market (updated)

CES: Garmin enters golf GPS handset market (updated)
Garmin today announced the Approach G5, its first handheld GPS designed for the golf course.

The waterproof Approach, based on the form factor of the Oregon outdoor GPS, will feature a touch screen, 3 inch color display and be powered by two AA batteries. It will offer two simple options once powered on: Play and Preview. While playing, golfers will see detailed course maps with precise distance information from their current location to fairways, hazards and greens. As the golfer move about the course, the Approach continuously updates your position and distances to each target.

During the course of play, the device interface helps the user decide the best tactic in many situations and offers a digital scorecard. The Approach G5 can also be used to preview any of the thousands of preloaded courses - complete with detailed vector mapping - in the United States.

Garmin has not yet announced a release date and pricing for this new product that will be demonstrated at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.

UPDATE: the pricing of this device is $499.

Thursday, January 8th 2009

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