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Garmin Announces New Models of Rugged Handheld GPS Navigator with Two-Way Radio Features

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced two new models of rugged two-way radio handhelds, the Rino 750 and Rino 755t.

Garmin Rino 700 Series (Credit: Business Wire)

Boasting a built-in 5-watt FRS/GMRS radio for a communication range of up to 20 miles, these new devices have an updated 3-inch multi-touch display with improved optical clarity, wireless connectivity1 and Active Weather for up-to-date forecasts and animated radar. The new user interface is intuitive and easy to use, and the preloaded worldwide basemap makes navigation a breeze. Additionally, the Rino 755t includes TOPO US 100K maps and an 8MP camera with an LED flash. Both radios have a built-in NOAA weather radio and a position reporting feature to see the location and send text messages and even emergency alerts to other Rino users on their same channel. With these connectivity and communication features, adventurers of all kinds can have a new sense of security and safety while using the new Rino 750 and 755t.

“The Rino 750 and 755t are exciting additions to the Garmin lineup of rugged two-way radio handheld devices,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The new wireless features, access to live weather radar information and the ability to send emergency alerts to other Rino devices – all paired with the built-in two-way radio – provide users with a unique safety net and peace of mind while out in the field.”

With the built-in 5-watt FRS/GMRS radio, the Rino 750 and 755t have a range of up to 20 miles over GMRS and two miles over FRS to communicate at the touch of a button. Both handhelds support unit-to-unit text messages with other Rino users in the area (including the Rino 6xx and 53x series), as well as support for Bluetooth® audio headsets for improved voice communication. Unique to the Rino 750 and 755t line is Emergency Alerts, which allow the user to send emergency alerts and get confirmation that help is on the way.

The new Rino devices have a high-sensitivity GPS with GLONASS support for better reception, even in challenging environments like heavy tree cover or deep canyons. Additionally, these handhelds have a larger 3-inch multi-touch display with dual orientation capabilities, and a preloaded worldwide basemap for easy navigation. The Rino 755t adds TOPO US 100K mapping, a 1-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery2, as well as an 8MP camera with an LED flash and torch. With the microSD card slot, both the Rino 750 and 755t are compatible with additional maps like HuntView™ to see public and private land data while hunting or BlueChart® g2 while out on the water.

Both of the new units have built-in ABC sensors: the altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent; the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term changes in air pressure; and the 3-axis electronic compass helps users keep their bearings, even when standing still. These devices also support unit-to-unit transfer, so users can easily share routes, tracks, waypoints, geocaches, photos and custom maps with other compatible Garmin handheld devices, with no mobile connection required.

With a compatible smartphone and the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app, Rino 750 and 755t users will have more wireless connectivity functionality. The Active Weather feature provides real-time forecast information and animated weather tracking for weather awareness, and when users are out of cell range, the built-in NOAA weather radio ensures that they can stay on top of any National Weather Service warnings.

Both of the new Rino devices are compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ™ platform, so users will be able to customize their device with more data fields, widgets and apps to fit their individual lifestyles3. Additionally, users can pair their handhelds with their compatible smartphone for call, text and email notifications right on the device, as well as wireless software downloads and automatic data uploads to the Garmin Connect online community. When paired with a smartphone, the Rino 750 and 755t will also have wireless integration with for Geocaching Live. Users will be able to wirelessly download cache descriptions, logs and hints, even if they're out in the field. Once a geocache is logged as found, it will be automatically uploaded to the user’s profile. Premium members will be able to sync their geocaching lists directly to their device.

The Rino 750 and 755t have a rugged, ergonomic design, and a water rating of IPX7 to withstand the elements4. The devices have a unique dual battery system that is compatible with the included lithium-ion rechargeable pack or optional four AA battery pack (sold separately). With the rechargeable battery pack, the devices can get up to 14 hours of battery life, or up to 18 hours with AA batteries.

The Rino 750 and 755t are expected to be available in Q3 2016. The Rino 750 will have a suggested retail price of $549.99, and the Rino 755t will have a suggested retail price of $649.99.


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