If you hate iTunes and apps and just want a portable media player that simply does its job, then you’re reading the right review. The latest Sony Walkman PMP to be launched with OLED is the Sony NWZ-A845 and over the last week, we’ve been given an opportunity to have a play with the new skinny Walkman and see what its like.
Though only available in 8GB at this moment. Samsung’s latest YEPP YP-M1 portable music players (available in black and white) will boast some pretty impressive features. Measuring in at an ultrathin 9.9-mm thick, the YP-M1 packs a 3.3-inch wide AMOLED touchscreen with an nVidia Tegra chipset for HD video playback, Samsung’s DNSe 3.0 technology, T-DMB, FM radio, dictionary function and stereo speakers. Multimedia formats supported includes MPEG4, XviD, H.264, MP3, and WMV. The new 8GB Samsung YP-M1 will be given a pricetag of around $252.
The rumor about the Zune HD is real. Microsoft has officially announced the latest Zune HD, which will be available in the U.S only starting this fall. The Zune HD is an OLED touchscreen PMP here to take on the iPod touch. The Zune HD features 3.3-inch, 480 x 272 OLED capacitive touchscreen display, built-in HD radio receiver and HD output.
There aren’t any more details just yet, but Microsoft says more will be coming at E3. Microsoft is bringing Zune store to Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace. According to the company, at E3 “attendees will see first-hand how Zune integrates into Xbox LIVE creating a game-changing entertainment experience”
Press release after the break.
As an update to Samsung’s popular P2, the P3 shares many of its predecessor’s features, including a 3-inch WQVGA touchscreen, DNSe sound enhancement, audio and video playback, photo viewer, FM radio, voice recording and Bluetooth capabilities such as phone pairing and stereo audio streaming.
Unlike the P2, the Samsung P3 uses a colourful new user interface – EmoTure that emphasises personalisation, which is not often seen in portable media players. The body of the P3 is made from die-cast metal, available in black or silver, measuring just 0.39-inch thick. P3 users also get treated to Haptic feedback on the touchscreen, offering a little reassuring vibration whenever a menu item is selected.
The P3 will be available in the first half of 2009 in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage capacities. No final word on pricing, but current P2 pricing should give an idea of what to expect.