Samsung earlier this week unveiled its latest PMP offering, the YP-M1, at the 2009 IFA in Berlin. The M1 is being touted by some as Samsung’s answer to the Zune HD, mainly because it’s sporting Nvidia’s powerful new Tegra chipset under the hood.
The YP-M1 features a 3.3-inch 480×272 AMOLED touchscreen, 720P playback and will be available in 8,16 and 32GB flavors. It also features a micro-SD slot, bluetooth support, and built-in stereo speakers. Noticeably absent is WiFi support. Without WiFi, the M1 may have a tough time going up against the Zune HD.
The YP-M1 should be available in the UK later this month. No word yet on whether or not the M1 will make an appearance in the States. In the meantime check out the video demo below.
The Nvidia Tegra is the hot chip to hit the PMP and MP3 player scene. 50 Tegra devices are in the product pipes- from PMPs, mobile phones, media pads, and set top boxes. (If you are interested in the Tegra, there is a great video interview on Hexus discussing this.) So far only two have been publicly announced: the Zune HD and the Samsung M1. The M1 seems to be another worthy competitor and from the looks of the UI demos, it looks more like a successor to the P3- call it a Tegra enabled P3.
The M1 has been released in Korea with Europe to follow next month. No word on a US release, but my guess would be that we might have to wait or it may not be release due to the inclusion of DMB. Continue below for several videos of the M1.
[GenMP3 | LJdG | M1 Forums]
Just a few weeks ago the Samsun M1 was leaked in our forums with little detail. But some of those details are starting to emerge on Samsung’s Korean site. On the site we get more of a clear image of the device along with a few more specs such as a 3.3” AMOLED screen and NVIDIA chip. The site however only mentions the non-us version infused with DMB- a digital broadcasting technology not available in the US. We will have to keep our fingers crossed for a US appearance.
It’s exciting to see this next wave of PMP and MP3 players take advantage of this new generation of powerful graphics chips. The M1 and the Creative Zii will be some great alternatives to the Zune HD for those who want a more open approach to their media players.
[Samsung Korea via dapreview]
One of our forum members dug up some of the Bluetooth certification papers on the M1. A few days later in that same thread a leaker posted a photo of this mysterious player. From the papers we know that it will have Bluetooth and a 3.3” screen. From the photos it looks like it could be a phone with a speaker at the top and perhaps what appears to be a mic in the form of a small slot at the bottom.
The papers do say it is a “Samsung MP3 Player” but it could be possible that it has extended features such some sort of VoIP application. It may also be possible that it will act like a full on phone connected to your existing phone though Bluetooth. That would be the natural progression from the P3 family since it does some really cool stuff like allowing you to dial your phone and talk from the P3.
One of our moderators is in the know about this player, but keeping us in the dark bound by those pesky legal agreements, says “But there is another interesting feature, secret for the moment ” “…something really interesting, the first time on a recent Samsung mp3 player”