Details have leaked out about the next evolution in the hugely successful Zen line.
We like Creative, until Sony recently got its act together, it has provided the only consistent challenger to Apple’s all conquering iPod. Now it looks set to tackle the likes of Archos and iRiver in the portable video player market.
Of course Creative has already had one disappointing go at this with the PMP, but what we report on today is altogether more promising.
The news arises from a recent slip by Aussie retailer mp3direct, which accidentally revealed specs for the “Zen Vision” on its website. Of course nothing can be taken as final in these cases, but after I contacted Creative, which understandably declined to comment, we’ll press ahead with what we have.
Taking it from the top, the Vision was described as a 30GB player with a 640 x 480 64k colour screen. It measures 12.4 x 7.4 x 2cm and weighs 232g. There’s audio support for MP3, WMA and WAV, video playback for MPEG4, WMV, DivX and XviD and picture compatibility with Jpeg and Tiff.
An FM radio, voice recorder, CompactFlash slot, and removable Lithium Ion battery (which can be recharged over the mains or USB) further bulks out and impressive feature set.
Of course the same old questions remain about portable video players: what will the quality of the screen be like? Will the battery life be good? How expensive will it be? Unlike MP3 players, which tend to be pretty good these days, these are still huge variables in this category.
So, even with the best will in the world, take these specs with a pinch salt. In IT everything is liable to change at a moments notice. Still, we think you’re big enough and ugly enough to know 🙂