It’s a bit confusing – gone is the pretty brushed aluminum GoGear Connect with its track ball and ancient Android 2.1, to be replaced by a more generic looking revision that runs on Android 2.3. Not that I ever saw the old GoGear in the wild, or even in any store. It almost seems like it was just a concept, never released at all.
The new Philips is said to have access to the official Android Market right out of the box, unlike Cowon and Archos Android PMPs. It should come in capacities of 8 and 16GB, and maybe even 32GB later on. I wouldn’t get my hopes up though, seeing how Philips never got the marketing and publicity for their players right. Display is said to be capacitive, at a 3.2″ size – no word about actual screen technology or resolution. Philips’ own FullSound audio enhancements are implemented on the GoGear, and standard 720p video playback should be no issue as well.
It should be released in September, price for the 8GB version should be a fair $180.
Thanks to JxK for the tip. Via Engadget. Photo partially pilfered from Übergizmo.
Appearing amongst Philip’s products at the IFA is one of their unreleased PMPs which first appeared last month on their website. Philips divulged no further information on the GoGear SA6100 series, besides a projected release date of the year’s end.
What we already know of the device is that it makes use of flash memory in capacities of 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB; the extra width is a result of built-in 0.3W stereo speakers. Despite what appears to be a larger screen then present on other GoGear PMPs, the SA6100 still holds on to the 320 x 240 pixels and 65k color LCD. Format support is very plain (MP3, WMA (DRM), JPG, and WMV) and battery lasts for 20 hours of audio playback and 4 hours of video.
Philips has made another silent introduction to the GoGear line of flash players. The SA3300 series carries a design very similar to the SA6000 series, but the 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities have been complimented by an additional 8GB version. The QVGA LCD display will expand to 2.4-inches, but the 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 65k colors are retained.
MTP has been dropped for the SA3300, and video formats have not been limited to Philip’s proprietary SMV, or exclusively to WMV (DRM). Support for MPEG-4 (SP & ASP codecs) as well as WMV is included, but there is nothing more given to the generic MP3 and WMA audio formats. With some significant adjustments taking place, the mediocre video battery life still remains: 20 hours of audio and 4 hours of video.