November 10, 2020
Garmin International recently introduced the GPSMAP 7x3 , GPSMAP 9x3 And GPSMAP 12x3 series—its next generation of mid-sized chartplotters and combination units that offer a sleek and streamlined design, improved display optics and a robust feature set that seamlessly integrates into a Garmin marine system - available with and without built-in sonar.
"Building on the legacy of our flagship GPSMAP series, we're excited to expand the premium look and feature set of our most-capable chartplotters across the full product line," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. "Along with strikingly increased resolution, the mid-sized GPSMAP x3 series includes models that offer almost twice the processing power of previous-generation devices so users will benefit from increased performance across the boat's entire network."
Slim, stunning appearance
Designed for a wide range of dash configurations, the GPSMAP x3 series features slimline design borders with edge-to-edge glass displays. The maximized glass design can be bail-, flush- or flat-mounted and offers a reduced footprint. For superior clarity and sunlight readability, the GPSMAP 12x3 and 9x3 models offer high-resolution in-plane switching (IPS) touchscreens that provide consistent, accurate colors that can be seen from all viewing angles, even with polarized sunglasses. Additionally, the GPSMAP 9x3 and 7x3 models offer 50% and 60% more display pixels, respectively, compared to previous models. For existing Garmin customers who want to upgrade to the new GPSMAP x3 series, a retrofit kit is available for easy installation.
Premium processing power
Offering nearly double the processing power of the previous generation, the premium power found in the GPSMAP x3 series significantly benefits all onboard sensors like sonar, radar, cameras, video and digital switching, and enhances the user experience across the entire network. Fast and responsive, these systems reference 10Hz GNSS (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) for accurate positioning and smooth speed as well as course over ground (COG) data. The increase in processing power also delivers Garmin's fastest mapping capabilities, so there's hardly ever a delay, even at high speeds.
Built-in sonar and unparalleled cartography coverage
The sonar combo versions (xsv series) offer built-in support for 1kW traditional CHIRP sonar so anglers can see superior target separation up to 1,000 feet below the boat. These new combos also have built-in support for Ultra High-Definition SideVü and ClearVü scanning sonars featuring Garmin's new high-contrast vivid color palettes, making it easier for anglers to distinguish fish from structure. The xsv models also support the full Garmin Panoptix all-seeing sonar product line, including the revolutionary Panoptix LiveScope real-time live scanning sonar. Transducers are sold separately.
Navigate with confidence and ease thanks to Garmin's preloaded exclusive BlueChart g3 coastal charts and LakeVü g3 inland maps with integrated Navionics data and Auto Guidance technology. Garmin's industry leading cartography1 brings unrivaled detail and convenience to users by blending the best content from both Garmin and Navionics to provide navigational aids, spot soundings, depth contours, tides and currents, plus detailed harbors and marinas. For the most detailed data, customers can also add or download BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra for access to Garmin's high-resolution relief shading that combines color and shadow for an entirely new level of detail to the ocean floor and lake bottom. This premium cartography now offers relief shading coverage for the entire continental U.S. coastline and more than 150 lakes, respectively.
Seamless connectivity and integration
Like all other GPSMAP units, the powerful GPSMAP x3 series is fully network capable with NMEA 2000 and the Garmin Marine Network, making it easy to build a customized electronics suite, including sonar, radar, autopilots, instruments, cameras and more. Featuring J1939 engine connectivity for engine integration, including select Yamaha engines, they're also compatible with OneHelm, an exclusive feature that brings together all the operations and capabilities of third-party devices like EmpirBus digital switching on one screen. OneHelm integration simplifies control and customization of the boat's most crucial systems to one master source—the Garmin chartplotter.
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, it's easy to take advantage of the free all-in-one Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app for access to the OneChart feature, Quickdraw and ActiveCaptain Community data and much more. ActiveCaptain also provides smart notifications directly to the chartplotter, over-the-air software updates, off-vessel planning capabilities and so much more. Users can also connect other compatible Garmin devices like the quatix marine smartwatches, gWind Wireless 2 transducer, GNX Wind marine instruments and wireless remote controls to the GPSMAP x3 series through the device's integrated ANT support. Finally, sailors will appreciate the built-in SailAssist feature that provides data, displays and prerace guidance needed to gain a competitive edge.
The new GPSMAP 7x3, 9x3 and 12x3 series will be available next month with a 7-, 9- and 12-inch display, respectively. The sonar versions (xsv series) have suggested retail prices ranging from $1099.99 to $2899.99, while the non-sonar versions have suggested retail prices of $999.99 to $2699.99. To learn more, visit garmin.com/marine.