Garmin is launching three new robust outdoor navigation devices, which stand out primarily due to their large 5-inch touch display.
The Montana 700 series is intended for both off-road and on-road use. The devices were tested according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G for temperature, shock and vibration resistance as well as water protection. In addition, they are rated as partially waterproof according to IPX7.
The 5-inch touch display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and should be easy to read even in direct sunlight. According to Garmin, it uses a much more powerful processor than previous models, but does not give any exact details. A routable TopoActive Europe map is installed on the 16 GB memory ex works. The memory can be expanded by up to 32 GB via a microSD slot.
Integrated WLAN enables the use of Garmin Connect, Garmin Explore and the Connect IQ-Store. GPS and GALILEO (+ GLONASS only at 700) via a quad helix antenna are used to determine the position. A barometric altimeter and a 3-axis compass are also integrated. In the particularly economical expedition mode, the battery life should be up to two weeks. In GPS mode, a runtime of 18 hours should be achieved. Instead of the supplied lithium-ion battery, three AA batteries can also be used.
The three models of the Montana 700 series differ in their equipment. The basic model is the Montana 700. The Montana 700i can also offer inReach technology – this enables two-way communication via the Iridium satellite network in emergencies. The Montana 750i also has an 8 MP camera.
According to Garmin, the Montana 700 should cost 599.99 euros, the Montana 700i 699.99 euros and the Montana 750i 799.99 euros.