The Alpine iLX-F309 brings a 9″ Android Auto/CarPlay display into your vehicle

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The floating display design is becoming popular in newer vehicles and Alpine is taking advantage of the look.

If you’ve never been to CES before you should know its a vast sea of unfound treasures. Many of those treasures we probably missed but the Alpine iLX-F309 was one we didn’t. The Alpine iLX-F309 is a unique oversized screen design which floats in front of your dashboard. This design makes it ideal for installing in almost any vehicle without a custom install. This means no special adaptive dashboard pieces and extra costs. The unit also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. One thing of note, it lacks a CD/DVD slot for those who may still need that.

“Alpine blazed the trail with the first vehicle-specific 9-inch systems back in 2014, targeted to trucks and SUVs, but consumers have continued to request a model that will fit into a variety of vehicles,” said Mike Anderson, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “The iLX-F309 represents a new step as it brings the 9-inch screen into a number of vehicles without the need for custom installation.”

The iLX-F309 is an AM/FM/audio/video receiver with a 9-inch WVGA touchscreen and mech-less design (no CD/DVD slot). It uses a 1-DIN chassis for installation but the screen “hovers” in front of the vehicle’s dash, allowing the oversize screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation. The iLX-F309’s “HALO9” nickname is descriptive for the screen’s unique hovering position and its 9-inch size.

While it doesn’t have a CD/DVD slot it does have Bluetooth, HD Radio, supports SiriusXM, a USB port, and an HDMI port. Here’s a rundown of more of the features on this in-car unit:

  • 9-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Audio, video and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Works with Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™ now with the Google Assistant
  • HD Radio™ tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Pandora control from iPhone® and Android™ smartphones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt® App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • Touch screen control of electrical accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
  • One HDMI input or expand via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • Available February, SRI: $1,100USD

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