Making a considerable splash in the color palette by all standards, Toshiba’s next DAP to join the Gigabeat U series offers an assortment of 24 colors. In the same fashion as previously added models to the U series, the advancement is purely cosmetic, but the U103 succeeds in producing a striking change from the black and silver of the U102 and U202.
Drawing its inspiration from culture and tradition of Japan, the color range of the U103 has been designed to reflect an observation of harmony in an environment. To confirm the assumption you may have already made: the Toshiba Gigabeat U103 only has plans to be released in Japan, where is will sell for an equivalent of $115.
[Press Release via Impress]
So now that Toshiba is done with the Zune and Microsoft is on their way to making their own gear, they decided to continue with the Gigabeat series. Microsoft are Toshiba are still good friends considering the new Gigabeat will be running Windows Embedded (R.I.P. Windows Portable Media Center).
From the FCC documents we know that this version of the Gigabeat will be rocking b/g Wi-Fi and a 2.4” QVGA 320×240 LCD screen. It will also measure in at 54 x 85.6 x 9.9 mm (2.1 x 0.4 x 3.4 in.) and weigh 70g. The document also states that the device will have 4GB of flash memory. Likely this will change since consumers are already screaming for 8GB flash players.
Photos and internal shots have been omitted from these documents at Toshibeas request, but don’t sweat it, we will have one cracked open for you as soon as we get our hands on one.
[FCC via dapreview]
Two new installments to Toshiba’s Gigabeat V series were announced today. The V801 and V401 will contain 80GB and 40GB hard drives, respectively. Once again, a new color, Bordeaux Brown, is added to the line-up, but this time there are more modifications to get excited about.
The 3.5-inch QVGA TFT screen has been upgraded to a 4 incher and the 320 x 240 pixel resolution has been increased to 480×272. The players will feature a sensor that automatically alters the brightness of the screen to correspond to the surrounding light. The devices will also come with new H2C technology, which claims to compensate for sound quality lost during audio compression by using its own algorithm to counter the audio compression algorithms of WMA and MP3 files. The portable media players will be available in Japan on June 1st.
[Toshiba (Japan) via I4U]
What’s this, then? The Gigabeat U101 and U201 from a few months back now encased in silver and black aluminum and sporting cross-shaped controls? Actually . . . yeah.
Toshiba recently announced that the cosmetically updated U102 ($125) and U202 ($150) will be joining the Gigabeat U series lineup on May 19 in Japan. Why the update? We have absolutely no idea. Because exactly like its brethren, the new 1GB and 2GB players measure 3.0″ x 1.4″ x 0.4″ and are equipped with an FM tuner, that spiffy audio processor that promises superior output, and a modest arsenal of supported codecs (WMA-DRM10 included).
Oh well. At least it’s pretty easy on the eyes (though we’re not really feeling that cross).
[Toshiba via Engadget]
Toshiba announced today its new Gigabeat U series of low-capacity flash DAPs. At first glance, the 1GB U101 ($118) and 2GB U201 ($144) look pretty ordinary. But beneath the 96 x 96 OLED display and inside the 3″ x 1.4″ x 0.4″ casing are actually some refreshingly unique features.
The most notable, from what we can gather from the translated press release, is some sort of high sound quality conversion technology that’s never been used before. Exactly what the digital audio processor does and how it does it isn’t terribly clear, but the bottomline is that Toshiba is pretty pleased with the U series’ output. The players are also equipped with “direct sound recording functions” and FM transmitter capabilities that seem to enable person-to-person sharing. Battery life is rated at 20 hours on a full charge and 3 hours on a 10-minute rapid charge.
The Japan-bound U series will be available in white beginning on March 28, with orange and blue (for U101 only) models to follow on April 7.
Toshiba introduced the flash-based Gigabeat P Series last year to a market that was nowhere near as saturated as it is today. We don’t think the 512MB P5 and 1GB P10 were flying off the shelves in Japan back then, so we’re not sure why Toshiba would give the upcoming P10K and P20K players the green light. But they did.
We’d give you a rundown of the specs, but they haven’t changed since the last time. MP3, WAV, and WMA? Check. 96 x 96 OLED display for viewing JPG photos? Check. FM tuner, voice recording, and 14-hour battery life? Check, check, and check.
Why the update, then? Interchangeable faceplates, of course! The white player can transform into a yellow gingham player, and the pink gingham player can turn into a white player with pink trim. Amazing but true. Toshiba’s other incredible feat is the upgrade in storage capacity. Last year’s maximum has become this year’s minimum: the P10K and P20K are absolutely stuffed with 1GB and 2GB of flash memory, respectively. Even more unbelievable is the price ($120 and $150). So book your flight to Japan now, as the players will be available there in December.
[Product page via Newlaunches]
As if you’re not already reeling from the 1GB whale-shaped MP3 player, Toshiba announced today that its Gigabeat V series has bulked up to 60GB. Available in black and white, the $508 V60E PMP features the same specs found on the 30GB U.S. model (MEV30K) except that the TV tuner is back on board and a video recording feature has been added.
Meanwhile, the MEV30T (Japanese version of MEV30K) is getting into the holiday spirit by dressing up as a candycane. Previously available in all black, the 30GB V30E PMP will soon hit the streets of Japan in red and white for about $422. Hmm. Must be a designer paint job or something, because none of the specs have changed.
The V30E and V60E will be ready for Japanese shoppers on November 22nd and December 8th, respectively.
Meet Pala-Chan, Toshiba’s cutesy aquatic mascot that will soon be representing the company’s mobile peripheral and accessory line. First up is the 1GB Pala-Chan DAP, which loses it tail to plug into a computer’s USB port and load up on MP3 and WMA files. Pala-Chan and his pink girlfriend, Papu-Chan, have a 15-hour battery life and will sell for about $115 (the only whale-sized feature of the player).
Of course, Pala and Papu cannot live on love alone. That’s why Toshiba will eventually raise the cost of living and force the lovesick couple to move in with Pala’s folks. The names and colors of the parental units, as well as a friend of Pala’s, are currently unknown.
[CNET Asia via Engadget]
A quick visit to Toshiba’s dedicated Gigabeat website reveals an enticing, clickable “V Series Portable Video Player Pre-Order Today!” graphic in the bottom right corner. It seems the company has been working in stealth mode recently, as there really weren’t any indications that the Japan-only V30T PVP would cross the Pacific so soon.
But here it is (sans TV tuner). Now available for pre-order at Amazon and Crutchfield for $399, the all-American 30GB Gigabeat MEV30K features a backlit 3.5-inch QVGA TFT (65K colors, 320 x 240), TV-out capabilities, integrated speaker, and rechargeable li-ion battery that boasts 8 hours of video and 30 hours of audio (MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, Windows DRM 9/10, WAV) playback. It runs on Microsoft’s Portable Media Center software (version 2) and is thus compatible with Vongo and Windows Media Player 10 video download services such as Napster and Rhapsody.
The MEV30K is available in piano black, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a snow white version popped up eventually.
[Product Page via Engadget]
A few days ago, what we all thought was the Microsoft Zune appeared on the FCC website as the Toshiba 1089 portable media player. Huh?! The rumor mill, of course, went haywire.
On Saturday, a Microsoft spokeswoman put an end to all of the speculation and half truths: “I can confirm that Toshiba is manufacturing the device and that the FCC report is legitimate,” she told global news agency AFP, “but no further details.”
Even though the Microsoft rep wouldn’t divulge anything else, there were more details to be gleaned from the unexpected filing. The juiciest tidbit was a description of the new player’s “DJ” feature, which will allow users to wirelessly stream music to as many as four other players. According to the product manual included with the FCC paperwork, “Once your DJ setting is on, you don’t need to do anything else in order for others to listen to your stream. If someone tunes in, you will see an onscreen notification that you have a listener.”
[AFP | FCC via MobileWhack]