Today's DAP headlines:
It's Samsung claiming to rule the world by 2007 this time, while LuxPro just keeps on copying familiar designs - business as usual. Creative's Zen Vision is finally shipping too, and while we're at it... how about PMPing your ride?
There's some consumer electronics event going on in the Middle East right now, and Samsung's there as well. They're showing off their new product range, which includes stuff like the YP-T7F, YH-J50 and even the rather mysterious YM-P1 (6-inch screen PMP plus DMB functionality). The South-Koreans seem very confident about their relatively-near-future prospects, as they're hoping to be the dominant player in DAP land by the end of 2007. Kris Lee, a Product Director for Samsung Gulf Electronics (SGE) puts it like this:
"Samsung Electronics has set its worldwide MP3 player sales target to over 5 million units this year. By shoring up our digital audio device business, we will grow into the world s top MP3 player vendor by 2007.[...]
Samsung's top priority has always been delivering on the wants and needs of our customers, and our newest additions of audio/photo file players offer multi-format and photo viewing capabilities that users have been clamoring for."
Such a weird little company, this Taiwanese LuxPro. We've reported on their redesigned shuffle clones (EZ and Top Tangent) only recently, but it seems as if they weren't really happy with their achievements just yet... So they've redesigned the EZ/Top Square again, making them look like that weird Nokia phone at this point. Furthermore, there's the "i-Ota", which is just the redubbed version of what we called the "Mini Square" last time. More interestingly so, there's this new player - the Pico - which looks like the iPod nano in more than a few ways. It's supposed to be slender (7 millimeter in depth), has this typical oblong touch to it and... ah well, screw that - it's just a nano clone. Good thing that they intend on throwing in an additional FM tuner and a built-in voice recorder, on top of the OLED-type color screen. Apple lawsuits, power your engines. It's that time of the month again.
Meanwhile, with all the hyping and cheering rendered "passe" by now, Creative decides that it's about time to actually start selling the dang Zen Vision. All you really need to know is that this pocket-friendly PMP comes with a retail price tag of 399 American Dollars, and that there are a few interesting accessories to pick from (docking station, remote control, additional battery)... for which you'll have to pay extra, of course.
To conclude things for this fine Wednesday's afternoon, there's the Eclipse AVN7905HD from Fujitsu Ten. We figure they've tried to describe all its functionalities within that hard-to-remember type of name. Here's a quick sum-up of the AVN7905HD will offer: 30GB hard drive, GPS navigation, CD/DVD player, TV tuner, AM/FM radio, MD deck (ATRAC3) and MP3/WMA player. Of course, there's the mandatory 7-inch, high-res and dual-view LCD. As for sound-technical features: there's a Dolby 5.1 decoder, ProLogic, DTS, 7-band EQ, and a 50W x 4 channel MOSFET amplifier. If you're still reading this, and pretend to be interested... know that this might cost you quite a pretty penny. Make that 278.000 pennies (315k Japanese Yen), actually.
Alright, that was it for today, people. See you again tomorrow!