Revision A of Garmins 8000 Series (8008,8208,8012,8212, 8015, 8215 & 8500) are now available online.
No mention of the CAN interfaces so far though – but matches up quite well with the Garmin new GPSMAP 700 (721/741) series where the 12 pin sonar connector is not mentioned and the Network port is reserved for “future use”. So it seems like Garmin are keeping some goodies for later.
Well I was just blind. The new products are still on Garmins page at the button of the page
But in short – Garmin GPSMAP 8008 and GPSMAP 8208 – 800×600 multi touch screen – LED Backlight – 2 new CAN Ports ? (House and Engine??) – NMEA 2000 port – usual NMEA 0183′ ports – 4 Garmin Marine Network ports – DVI display output port – 2 BNC video input ports.
The new version introduces something Garmin calls SmartMode (TM) control. Which according to Garmin means you can setup “multi screen presets” without having to switch each screen individually.
They do look great – but the GPSMAP 8008/8208 are different in size from the GPSMAP 5208 (8208 – 268.9mm x 193.9mm – 5208 330mm x 173mm) and quite surprising the screen (8.4″) is actually close to 4:3 format with it’s 171mm x 130mm – which I find absolutely great and very sensible. But there is a lot of wasted space around the edges which I do not like.
While it was only online for a short while – a few active people on THT spotted new Garmin Chartplotters on display on Garmins website.
The models was:
Garmin GPSMAP 8008 and Garmin GPSMAP 8208
Garmin GPSMAP 8012 and Garmin GPSMAP 8212
Garmin GPSMAP 8015 and Garmin GPSMAP 8215
The new models seem to replace the 7000 series with same prices for the new GPSMAP 8212 12″ as the old 12″ GPSMAP 7212.
Apart from that Garmin is launching a “Black Box” system where the screens are “independent” of the main processing module. Named Garmin GPSMAP 8500 and Garmin GPSMAP 8530 they support external multi-touch screens but at a rather high pricepoint.
Well we look forward to the official announcement!