Orca, the Norwegian marine tech startup, has officially opened for pre-orders for Orca Display 2. The new display delivers chartplotter-level brightness and an operating temperature range combined with the portability and performance of a modern tablet. Deliveries will begin in late April 2023 for early pre-orders.
Every aspect of the Orca Display 2 is purpose-built for boating and extreme conditions at sea, and for its second-generation display, Orca developed its Lumen HDX screen.
The Lumen HDX screen delivers 1,000 nits of persistent brightness with a stunning 1200:1 contrast. The screen has an etched glass surface that minimises screen glare and can be viewed with polarised sunglasses thanks to the Lumen HDX’s TrueShift polariser. The result is an incredibly bright screen that can be easily viewed in direct sunlight.
Orca Display 2 can operate in temperatures from -15 to +55 degrees centigrade. The display achieves this with its custom-built 9500 mAh battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery-powered navigation.
Charging the Display 2 is incredibly easy. Orca recently announced the Orca Charging Mount, a wireless charging mount that allows you to use the Orca Display 2 hands-free, just like a traditional chartplotter. The mount charges via a proprietary 25W wireless fast-charging system and can be installed in a variety of ways: With a mounting arm, flush-mounted on a flat surface, or on the mast of a sailboat.
Traditional chartplotters are notoriously slow and unresponsive. The first-generation Orca Display released in 2021 is still the fastest and most powerful marine navigation system on the market with its 8-core processor. Orca Display 2 takes performance even further, delivering up to 60% better CPU performance than its predecessor, and 75% better graphics performance with its dual-core GPU. Orca’s Display 2 responds instantly, from zooming and panning the chart to automatic routing and rich instrument panels.
Boaters can view rich sailing instruments, AIS information, engine data and control modern autopilots from the Display 2 wirelessly via the Orca Core. Orca Display 2 is also cellular enabled, so when used with a SIM card, users can access live AIS, weather forecasts, and advanced tools such as sail routing. Orca Display 2 also synchronises your personal spots and routes directly with the Orca app on your smartphone and tablet, making pre-planning effortless.
Jorge Sevillano, Co-Founder and CEO of Orca, commented on the new product: “Orca Display 2 sets a new standard for marine navigation experiences. It is the first product that delivers chartplotter-level brightness and temperature handling, in combination with great performance and ease-of-use that you get from modern mobile phones and tablets.”
“Orca Display 2 is a fantastic navigation device, but it is also a completely open Google Certified Android tablet,” Kristian Fallrø, Co-Founder and CTO of Orca added. “This certification means you can install all your favourite apps via the Play Store, whether it is for boating, entertainment, or productivity.”
Available to pre-order directly from www.getorca.com, the Orca Display 2 is €999. The optional Orca Core, which delivers wireless boat integration, and optional Orca Charging Mount are sold separately at €449 and €299 respectively.