CES 2009: Samsung Shows Haptic MP3 Player

Third generation P3 gets all touchy feely.

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.

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