There are strong indications that Garmin will soon add a new series to their handheld GPS lineup. Bass Pro Shops was displaying a page for a product called the “Garmin Dakota 20″ with an associated screenshot that looked similar to the current Garmin Oregon series. The page has since been pulled from their website. Similarly, GPS City in Canada has a page on their website where the product SKU is listed as “DAKOTA10″.
>The tiny picture to the right is the only photo we’ve been able to obtain so far… but we’ll keep looking around. These independent sightings would seem to confirm that a Garmin Dakota 10 and a Garmin Dakota 20 are soon to be on their way. Few other details are available, the product description at Bass Pro Shops only said this:
High-sensitivity GPS features a 2.6” touch screen. Features: 2.6″ touch screen Built-in basemap 850 MB internal memory
This is somewhat strange as the Oregon is generally described as having a 3″ touch screen. Nonetheless, it looks like the Oregon will soon gain a sibling in the Garmin Dakota.
While this may very well be a sibling to the Oregon, perhaps seen as a replacement to the eTrex line, there is another possibility to consider. The Garmin Edge lineup for cyclists has a similar shape to the Oregon, including a slightly smaller screen than the Oregon. Currently the Edge devices do not have a touch-screen. So it seems reasonable that the Dakota could be a new device in the cycling lineup, basically an Edge series device with a touch screen. The timing would make sense too. With Team Garmin heading to the Tour de France soon, a product unveiling at or before the big race would make sense from a marketing perspective. Time will tell.