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CES 2010: Samsung Unveils Transparent & Fitness Focused MP3 Players

Gordon Kelly


CES 2010: Samsung Unveils Transparent & Fitness Focused MP3 Players

Dedicated MP3 players do seem to be a category increasingly on the wane in the tech world, but that didn't stop Samsung unveiling two of the sector's more innovative new entries at the show.

Taking cues from the LG Crystal, the 'IceTouch' (YP-H1) uses a transparent touch AMOLED display to garner it attention. At just two inches, the screen is small by today's standards, but it does mean users will be able to see where they're going while scrolling through the player's menus!

Aside from this gimmick, the IceTouch could actually prove something of a hit with audiophiles since it incorporates Samsung's own 5.1 channel sound enhancement tech plus support for MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, M4A and WAV as well as becoming the World's first player to adopt MP3HD. An integrated FM tuner is found inside too, while video support is good with MPEG4, WMV, H.264, Xvid and Divx all playing nicely - though the display size will make painful viewing of anything but short clips.

Secondly is Samsung's 'MyFit' line, which in essence works like Apple's Nike+ iPod software and combines exercise playlist creation with charts to track diet and calorific intake, an accelerometer to record jogging, a water intake manager, quit smoking utility, goal setter and even fat and stress sensors located on the top of the player (we await more info on how this works). This all sounds like nagging hell to me, but horses for courses.

Away from this you'll find the player itself also supports DNSe 3.0 as well as MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC, MPEG4 and WMV codecs, plus there's the ubiquitous FM tuner.

Both Samsung IceTouch and MyFit players will launch during Q2 in 8GB and 16GB capacities. So if you haven't abandoned specialist capabilities of your MP3 player for the jack of all trades multimedia functionality of your phone just yet these may continue to delay your inevitable convergence.

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