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Creative Zen X-Fi Priced

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Creative Zen X-Fi Priced

We spotted the Creative Zen X-Fi a short while ago, and some more details, including prospective pricing, have popped up on Impress. The X-Fi brand has generally been reserved for Creative's highest-end audio products, so we expect great things from this Zen. Specs-wise, at least, it looks like we won't be disappointed.

A 2.5in 320 x 240 LCD screen isn't perhaps up to iPod Touch standards, but making up for it the Zen X-Fi one-ups Apple by allowing synching with and audio streaming from a PC over WiFi. 16GB and 32GB models are available but this can be further enhanced with the built-in SDHC card slot. There is also an 8GB model, but this omits wireless.

Video and Audio support is as follows:

Video:

* 850kb/s WMV

* 1Mb/s MPEG-4

* 1MB/s XviD

* 1MB/s Motion JPEG

Audio:

* MP3

* WMA (WM DRM10 supported)

* AAC (m4a - don't expect iTunes DRM-ed files to work, though)

* WAV

Creative supplies a software application called "Creative Centrale" which, apparently, will resize and compress video to meet the Zen's capabilities. More interestingly Outlook calendar, to-do list and address book synchronisation is boasted, as well as an FM tuner and a microphone, for recording audio direct to the device.

The Zen X-Fi is charged via USB, with a four-hour charge time giving around 36 hours of continuous music playback, or five hours of video. Still no word on exactly what all those buttons do, though.

Pricing in Japan is set at ¥17,800 (~£84,) ¥22,800 (~£107) and ¥32,800 (~£155) for the 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models respectively. UK release dates and pricing soon please, Creative!

Link:

Impress.

ilovethemonkeyhead

July 10, 2008, 8:16 pm

*&#163155 for the 32GB model*





is it safe for the UK to expect this sweet sweet figure to balloon to extortionate levels?

Arif

July 10, 2008, 8:23 pm

No mention of the player allowing files from SD to be integrated into the local filesystem!!!

ChaosDefinesOrder

July 10, 2008, 9:03 pm

Hell, this is Rip-Off Britain, that &#163155 could very easily translate to &#163300 - it'd still undercut the price of the 32GB iTouch then...

TheLostSwede

July 10, 2008, 10:18 pm

Well, it's available in Oz for AU$399.95, $329.95 and $245.99, but considering that all electronics are expensive there... more so than the UK, they might actually end up being decent value, espeically as Creative Singapore is listing the 32GB for the same price in Singapore dollars which are worth less than Oz dollars.

ilovethemonkeyhead

July 11, 2008, 12:15 am

well, i'd petition for a sub &#163200 price tag. i was initially looking at that bluetooth sony system, but i like creative systems because of the customizable button (i have mine to randomly shuffle my music).

Hugo

July 11, 2008, 4:02 am

"No mention of the player allowing files from SD to be integrated into the local filesystem!!!"





If I knew I'd say - I planned to contact Creative tomorrow (actually today now) about the X-Fi, I'll add that to my list of questions.

SteveM

July 11, 2008, 1:08 pm

If it's not too late, add this to your list of questions...


What exactly can be streamed over Mediabox? Video/audio?


Description from Creative's website


"MediaBox


Access and stream more than a hundred different channels from the player's Mediabox Menu option."

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