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The Atom-powered Clarion MID that was just launched as the ClarionMiND last month was re-announced this week with a November release date (in keeping with previous Q4 2008 information) and $649.99 price tag in the US and Canada. Those in Europe will have to wait until January to pick up their version of the unit (€649.99) but will still be able to access a new website dedicated to the "next-generation mobile device" with their fellow Americans at the end of October. The site, MyClarion, will be populated with device-related information, software downloads, and other support features.

The specs (below) haven’t changed since last time, but they’ve been considerably fleshed out with important details like battery life, included accessories (windshield/dash mount kit!), and software info. Of particular note is the Bluetooth DUN support, which is definitely needed for the ClarionMiND to "bring the full internet experience to the in-car market." Even better news is that a 3G-enabled premium model is already in the works for release in Spring 2009.

Hardware (standard model):

  • 4.8 inch touchscreen (800 x 480)
  • 800MHz Intel Atom Z500 processor
  • 512MB DRAM
  • 4GB SSD
  • 802.11b/g wi-fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (supports DUN)
  • SiRFstarIII GPS with 20-channel GPS receiver
  • Built-in amplifier and speaker
  • 2 USB ports (standard and mini), microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, docking station connector
  • One-Touch keys (Home, Control, Audio)
  • Included accessories: stylus, car charger, AC adapter, windshield/dash mount kit
  • RDS-TMC Traffic Ready (requires optional car dock)
  • Li-ion battery life: 2 hours with small battery, 4 hours with large battery (optional)

Software:

  • Linux OS 2.6.22
  • Firefox-based web browser (supports Flash)
  • Customized YouTube, MySpace, and Google Maps applications
  • Other apps: email, contacts, connection manager, note pad, file manager, calculator, control panel
  • Weather and news widgets
  • Multimedia support via RealPlayer: RealAudio, Real Video, MP3, Windows Media 9, AAC, HE-AAC, Ogg, H.264, H.263, MPEG4,VC-1, JPEG, BMP

[Press release via Gadgetell]