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MapMyIndia Launches CarPad 5 Android Tablet With Built-in Navigation

Location based services and maps company MapmyIndia has launched a new device, ‘CarPad 5‘. which is essentially a 3G enabled Android tablet offering its navigation interface along with communication and multimedia capabilities.

Tablet Features: CarPad 5 has 5-inch capacitive touch screen and is powered by a 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Exynos 3110 processor. The tablet is a GPS navigator but also doubles up as a smartphone and a 3G tablet allowing users to make phone calls, send messages and emails, and access the internet. It also features 8GB internal memory, 2000 mAh battery and support for various connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, Mini USB, 3.5 mm headset jack, and a external microSD slot with support of up to 32GB memory cards.

Since it runs on Android 2.3.4 ‘Gingerbread’, the tablet also offers access to Google Play Store (previously Android Market), allowing users to download several third party applications. In addition, the tablet also comes preloaded with MapmyIndia’s maps and features the company’s 3D navigation interface, Aura.

MapmyIndia stated that CarPad 5 will provide live turn-by-turn voice navigation, 3D landmarks, house-level details, and live traffic details along with travel guides, local information and a friend finder feature which allows users to discover and message nearby friends and connections and share their location.  The company claims to offer a coverage of over 6.3 million places, 5,79,000 towns and villages and 4000 street-level cities. It also claims to have house-level data for 36 cities and 3D landmarks & building footprints for 34 major cities across the country.

Pricing and Availability: CarPad 5 is currently available for purchase through the MapmyIndia Store and is priced at Rs 19,990. The tablet also comes with a 4GB SD memory card with a car charger and a CarPad windshield mount for in-car use.

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Previous Offerings: In August 2011, MapmyIndia had launched CarPad, a 7-inch Android tablet which was powered by a Qualcomm S1 processor and featured MapmyIndia’s 3D navigation interface, Aura. Like CarPad 5, CarPad was also a navigation device which doubled up as a communication device allowing users to make phone calls, send messages and emails, and browse the internet, however it also featured a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, an 8GB memory card and an FM radio tuner for in-car entertainment. The tablet was priced at Rs 22,990 and is available for purchase through MapmyIndia Store.

Earlier this year, it had also launched an Internet connected in-dash GPS navigation and entertainment system, featuring a large touch screen, DVD player, iPod connectivity, USB and SD card support, Aux-in and AV-in for connecting other audio and video sources, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, AV-in for reverse camera support, Steering Wheel Controls, AV-out to connect to rear-seat or roof-mounted monitors and a built in FM radio player. The system was priced at Rs 26,990 and and is available for purchase through MapmyIndia Store.

Besides this, the company had also recently launched a mobile web portal for GPRS enabled smartphones, a navigation app with house number search for iOS platform, and MapMyIndia ShowNearby, a places app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms.

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