But codecs aside is this another much of a muchness?
Samsung may have already played its major hand at IFA when it unveiled its MacBook Air/Lenovo X300 rival the X360 but it does one have more trick up its sleeve.
The ‘YP-Q1’ – referred to as the ‘Diamond’ for its well, diamond-shaped four way rocker controls is the Korean monolith’s latest addition to an MP3/PMP player portfolio which has never truly won over critics or consumers. To be brutally honest, I am unsure whether the Q1 will be the player to break new ground for Samsung either since it smacks of competency rather than daring or panache.
Specs wise of course the vast majority is well and good: DNSe 3.0 Sound is inside to boost audio quality, there’s a particularly vibrant 2.4in LCD, FM tuner, voice recording, a text viewer and landscape widescreen video playback. The Q1 also shows some rebellion from the established order by backing up its support of the established MP3 and WMA codecs with Indie favourite OGG and purist’s wet dream, FLAC.
On the other hand while Samsung quotes an impressive 30 hours of battery life for continuous audio playback, video suffers at a measly four meaning this is no substitute PMP for regular travellers. Still with 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities available there will be a wide range of choices.
In sum then, there’s nothing really wrong about the Q1 – even its interface is nice and responsive, but at the end of the day it simply feels like another player to bulk out an already overcrowded market. OGG and FLAC support may win it a fair share of fans, but I think we’ll need something with a little more fire and brimstone if Samsung is to finally make a mark in the one IT sector it appears unable to crack.