updated 11:00 am EDT, Wed April 22, 2009
Panasonic car HD player
Panasonic on Wednesday introduced its new flip-out in-car navigation and entertainment head unit, the 7-inch touchscreen CN-HX3000D. The 720p, Windows Automotive-powered unit has GPS functionality, is compatible with Google Maps, and has a 40GB hard disk drive built-in that handles both points of interest as well as a user's own media. The optical drive can play back DVDs in 5.1-channel surround sound or broadcasts from the 1Seg TV Tuner. An HDMI port lets users connect the also just-unveiled CY-BB1000D Blu-ray drive, endowing the CN-HX3000D with the ability to play HD video.
The CN-HX3000D also has Bluetooth support and an iPod connector for more flexibility. Apple's iPhone can also be hooked up, with videos and photos reproduced on the head unit's screen. The Blu-ray player can also play back standard DVDs and is toughened up against driving conditions with extra skip protection.
Both the CN-HX3000D and CY-BB1000D will be available in Japan this fall, though prices have not been announced. [via Impress]
Standard-def on the left, hi-def on the right
BB1000D Blu-ray player