Medion plods onwards with three new GPS systems


Medion has just announced a trio of new personal navigation devices (PNDs) which will come with their own AuthenTec fingerprint sensor which is meant to enhance user security and deter device theft, shipping in selected European markets. This is not new, as Medion was the pioneer when it comes to rolling out the first fingerprint-enabled PND in the world last year, so seeing three more models join its solitary brother in the marketplace shows that there is a demand for such a feature – either that or Medion is trying to create the demand itself. The three PNDs that we’ll look at today will be the GoPal P5235, P5435 and X5535.

As mentioned earlier, all three PNDs will make use of AuthenTec’s tiny form factor AES1510 fingerprint sensor when it comes to the user identification process, which means only authorized users will be able to activate the said device. This fingerprint sensor is able to store up to five different user fingerprints, allowing up to 5 people to share the device in theory, either that or in case you lose your finger in an accident (touch wood) and need to access the PND with other digits. This security feature ought to be made a staple methinks, after all, theft of PNDs aren’t exactly slowing down as they’re one of the most frequently stolen items in vehicles today.

All three models will feature a generous 5″ display so you don’t need to end up with a permanent squint when you arrive at your destination. In addition, they will boast speedy route calculation, is able to respond to input commands including voice control, and supports Traffic Message Channel (TMC) reception. The high end MEDION GoPal X5535 will come with an integrated gyrometer to compensate for temporary GPS signal loss just in case you enter a tunnel and emerge at the other end. There is no word on pricing though, but these shouldn’t cost an arm or a leg – maybe a finger. I’m kidding!

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