Least imaginative creation, ever - but maybe the cheapest...
Remember that funky Meizu competition to design your own MP3 player? Well, it has a winner and the device is a lot less creative than we’d have hoped.
Called the ‘Minicard’ it was clearly created by someone with as much love for imitating Apple as Meizu itself, since what we have here is essentially a nano with the company’s navigation strip rather than the iPod’s famous click wheel.
The specs are pretty familiar too with a nano matching 1.5in 176 x 132 resolution display, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacity options and around 20 hours of playback from a single charge. A bonus over Apple’s midranger is an integrated FM radio and the face plates are interchangeable so there’s no need to worry about scratches (ever consider that Apple?).
The big news here however are the prices with the three models selling for just $65, $80 and $100 dollars making them easily the cheapest flash based players, feature-for-feature, on the planet. There’s no word yet how these prices will translate when the Minicard eventually ships in the UK (the summer released Mini Player took until November) but I’m guessing that iPod shuffle you had an eye on suddenly isn’t looking so good…