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CES 2009: Samsung Shows Haptic MP3 Player

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CES 2009: Samsung Shows Haptic MP3 Player

Is the iPod touch finally about to get some serious competition?

Aside from a large number super slim HDTVs Samsung gave us the first glimpse of its third generation P series player - the simply named 'P3'.

The big news this time around is Samsung has thrown in the haptic feedback technology it loves so much (and I really dislike) in its touchscreen phones into the touchy feely player meaning your finger can be buzzed every time you do anything. Great

More interestingly (for me, anyhow) is the new 'EmoTure' (insert juvenile jokes here) UI which allows for a customisable home screen, drag and drop icons and seemed nice and responsive in use - if not you-know-what responsive. A 'Music Hot Touch' key also enables users to access their music features and selections instantly from any screen.

Build quality has improved too with a die-cast metal casing feeling solid in the hand though simultaneously very light (weight not given) and thin (9.9mm to be exact). Matte black and silver finishes will be available. Held over from previous editions is the 3in WQVGA 16:9 aspect ratio display which seemed brighter this time around, the FM tuner, voice recorder and Bluetooth connectivity.

A Q2 timeframe is on the cards for the P3 with 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB editions all available and while pricing wasn't announced it's a banker to know it will be cheaper than a particular fruit produced player at each capacity.

Hamish Campbell

January 8, 2009, 1:00 pm

I find some irony in the fact that now that there is fancy touch interaction, and full focus on the UI, that the system that works best (you can see it here and on the iphone and android) is a screen with 'desktop shorcuts' in a grid.

Jmac

January 8, 2009, 4:04 pm

@haim - Where's the irony? Clearly a home screen with visual icons is the most intuitive possible UI. What could be simpler than looking at an icon for the task you want and then touching it to perform that task?

Hamish Campbell

January 8, 2009, 4:22 pm

I quite agree that its intuitive, efficient and appropriate. Where I find irony is that it is not new, flashy or exciting, like perhaps touch screens, touch interfaces or even scroll wheels have been. The devices too are sleek, sexy and powerful. And yet the UI is a desktop grid.

b o d

January 8, 2009, 9:25 pm

It looks like it is more in competition with cowon, sony and iriver. The itouch is a application / wifi based player that has many uses. Music seems almost secondary these days as sound quality is distinctly average. Samsung, Cowon, Sony etc all focus on providing great sounding players with a wide range of codec support. Very few people would choose an itouch if sound quality is the primary priority.





Until a manufacturer produces a player that offers wifi, an application development platform and a perceived coolness, the itouch will be in its own market. The rest will battle out the remainder of the mp3 market.





I kind of agree with Haim, all these advances in touch screen technology and the top UI interfaces being hailed as revolutionary, yet they all use icons which have been available in desktop PCs since the creation of the GUI OS.

Gordon394

January 9, 2009, 9:20 am

@John McLean - not the Palm Pre has been announced and the amazing Web OS platform unveiling I'd dispute than point ;)





@b_o_d - Arggggggggggh! There's NO such thing as the 'iTouch'!

b o d

January 9, 2009, 4:39 pm

lol, actually there is, the Pasen iTouch (http://en.pasen.it/product_det.... You were right to call me on it though as I was natually referring to the ipod touch.

g4rfi3ld

February 4, 2009, 6:45 am

"What does Haptic anyways mean?





But so far it really looks amazing. I've been using the T10 since forever but the YP-P3 is really tempting.


I was always kinda afraid to buy the iPod due to its bad audio quality but Samsung seems to be doing very well with regards to quality. Anyhow, when is this Product going to be released in UK?"

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