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Portable Media (Video) Players at CES 2006


Portable Media (Video) Players at CES 2006

HandHeld Entertainment ZVUE 500

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HandHeld Entertainment took their turn at CES 2006 in the spotlight as they announced two new players in the ZVUE line up. What stands out about the ZVUE 400 (first quarter availability – under $225) and ZVUE 500 (second quarter availability – under $300) is that they both sport a 3.5-inch LCD screen in a landscape (horizontal) format, which means that they offer a slightly wider viewing area. The ZVUE 400 has 512MB of on-board memory as well as dual Compact Flash and SD/MMC memory card slots for storage of media files, a rechargeable battery and support of Windows Media DRM 10 online music and video subscription content.

The ZVUE 500 offers up the same features as the ZVUE 500 except for a larger built-in memory amount – 1GB – and wireless 802.11 connectivity. Through this wireless option, users can download audio, video and photos to their player without needing to be physically hooked up to a computer.

Well known consumer electronics company Samsung had two new portable media player offerings at CES 2006. The YP-D1, available in February for $249 for a 1GB storage option or $299 for a 2GB option, is what the company is touting as the first flash memory player with a built-in two megapixel digital camera and speaker. Besides taking digital photos and playing music without need for a headset, other features of the YP-D1 include MPEG 4 video playback, JPEG digital photo and text file displaying, MP3, WMA and OGG audio file playback, a rechargeable battery which offers up to 20 hours of playtime, a built-in FM radio, a built-in voice recorder and a 1.8-inch color LCD screen.

Samsung’s other new portable media player is the hard drive based YM-P1 ($399 – available in February). This larger portable device allows users to view videos in 16:9 widescreen on its 4-inch color LCD screen. In addition, the YM-P1 can also record video directly from a television via an A/V in connection. Other features include a rechargeable battery which offers up to 15 hours of audio playback, support for Windows Media DRM 10 based online music and video subscription content (Microsoft PlaysForSure certified), support for a wide array of different types of media files (MP3, WMA, OGG, AC3, MPEG4, DivX, Xvid, avi, WMV, JPG, BMP and text files), a built in SDIO slot for expanded memory card storage, a built-in voice recorder and a built-in FM radio.

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