Another day, another flash-based USB stick DAP.
Featuring a retractable USB plug, the recently discovered (though officially unannounced) Samsung YP-U3 actually looks a bit like some of Sony’s recent offerings especially with its 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB storage capacities and OLED display. But unlike its competitors, the U3′s got an RDS tuner and native Ogg support. It does the usual MP3 and WMA thing, too, but that’s hardly worth mentioning these days.
And as is to be expected when word of an upcoming player doesn’t come directly from its maker, pricing and availability are both unknown. But if it’s any consolation, we do know that the U3 measures 3.15″ x 0.99″ x 0.43″ and has that glowing blue light at the top.
Another one of iriver’s CES-unveiled players was released in Korea today. And according to its product page, the T60 is now officially beckoning for us to “come back to the prism,” which Japan already did last month with the T50.
The 1GB and 2GB light blue, white, and black T60s are powered by a single AAA battery and feature an FM radio and a photo viewer. If you don’t have a microscope to enjoy those BMPs on the player’s 1.01″ 65K-color CSTN LCD, you can still enjoy the MP3, WMA, ASF, and Ogg Vorbis playback with or without the help of the SRS WOW HD sound enhancements or custom and preset EQs.
The T60 measures 2.57″ x 1.08″ x 0.87″ and is priced at 99,000 SKW ($106) for the 1GB and 129,000 SKW ($138) for the 2GB model.
[Product Page via dapreview]
If you’ve ever wanted to immortalize your love of Toblerone chocolate with a 1GB flash DAP, the iriver T50 is the way to do it.
The white and black players haven’t changed at all since they were first seen at CES, so they’ve still got that tiny 1″ 128 x 64 CSTN display, FM tuner, voice recorder, BMP viewer, and astounding 52-hour battery life. The T50 measures a scant 2.9″ x 1.2″ x 1.0″ and since it’s coming from iriver, you know it supports Ogg along with MP3, WMA, and WMA-DRM files.
Expected in Japan on April 14th for about $85.
[AV Watch via Engadget]
Last week, iriver Korea began an elaborate countdown of the days leading up to today’s release of the clix2 everyone ogled at CES. The player is oddly just being called the “clix” over there. Aside from that, though, everything else is still the same: 2.2-inch AMOLED, better video playback, and of course that wafer-thin design.
Details on the 8GB model are suspiciously absent, but the 2GB and 4GB models are priced (too high) at about $170 and $213, respectively. The good news is that if you do spring for one of the players, iriver can already hook you up with a bunch of accessories.
[Product Page via dapreview]
The iAudio 6 marks the start of a new breed of MP3 players that is based around a mini 0.85” hard drive. This media player is packed with all the necessary features supporting all the pertinent audio codec that include MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and WAV. The “6” is not limited to audio- it plays back MPEG4 (XviD), and JPEG on its radiant 1.3” 260K color OLED screen. It is a great player with few faults.
TheYP-Z5 is Samsung’s new line of flash based MP3 players reaching microdrive-sized storage of 2GB and 4GB capacities. Samsung decided to go head to head with Apple, pricing the YP-Z5 along side the iPod Nano at $200 and $250 respectively.
In the past I have not been impressed with Samsung’s flash based players. This player, however, has changed my opinion of Samsung MP3 players. Even though there are a few things lacking, Samsung has created a great user experience with an overall solid design and a simple user interface.
Update: 5.12.06: We have added a Z5 forum. Come and join us for help and some great resources.
Update 6.15.06: There is a new firmware for this player that fixes alot of the problems and “cons”. Download the firware here: Z5 firmware.