Cowon Shows New Portable Media Players for IFA

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Gadget-maker Cowon is planning to introduce three new portable multimedia players at the IFA consumer electronics show that begins in Germany later this week.

Each device is aimed at a different market segment, although all three devices are capable of video, music and picture playback and include terrestrial digital TV receivers, according to basic information disclosed on Cowon's Korean Web site.

The S9 Curve is the most design-concious of the bunch and, as its name suggests, has a rounded back panel. There's a 3.3-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 pixels by 272 pixels. It has an FM radio, dictionary and a TV output port.

The O2 player has a slightly larger 4.3-inch touchscreen display and looks much like a standard portable media player. It's available in three colors, white, pink and black, and three memory capacities: 8G bytes, 16G bytes and 32G bytes. It will play almost any media file you throw at it. Video support includes Divx 3.11/4/5/6, XviD, MPEG-4 SP/ASP, WMV 7/8/9, H.264, Motion JPEG and MPEG1. Audio formats supported include MPEG1 Layer 1/2/3, WMA, AC3, AAC, Flag, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg FLAC, Apple Lossless, True Audio, Monkey Audio, MusePack, WavPack, G.726 and PCM.

The L3 is the largest of the three, with a 7-inch touchscreen display. and includes a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver and navigation software. There's a hole in the rear to allow it to be mounted to a bracket, perhaps on a car dashboard, and Cowon has also included an FM radio transmitter so the unit's audio output can be heard over a car radio.

No pricing or launch dates were announced.

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