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Audio playback

Video playback

...and Photo gallery support
What video iPod fans have been lusting for, it's just not from Apple

Speculations that Apple will release a video-focused iPod have been circulating online for quite some time now. Hope for Apple users increased when reports of a prototype video iPod appeared on the Internet. Later however, it was deemed that the prototype was fake, and was actually not even an Apple product.  Apple has yet to announce any details of a portable video player.

Now, a company in China called Meizu, has now launched its own iPod-like portable video player. Called the Mini Player, the device is similar in size to current generation iPods, but includes a much bigger screen and allows for playback of XviD video files. Of course, the Mini Player also handles all popular audio formats as well as image formats. Some specifications include:
  • Display: 2.4-inch 260K color QVGA (320x240) TFT LCD, 100 brightness levels
  • Memory: 1GB, 2GB and 4GB versions available
  • Audio support: MP3, WMA, OGG and WAV
  • Video support: XviD
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Other hardware features: Integrated FM tuner, voice recording capabilities
  • Other software features: E-Book support, clock, calculator, games
  • Weight: 55g
The most interesting part of the Mini Player is the fact that it looks very much like Apple's current products. The back of the Mini Player is a chrome shell, similar to current iPods, and the front controls are flush with the body. Meizu also claims that the Mini Player can last up to 20 hours when playing back music and last up to 6 hours when playing back video -- impressive performance compared to Apple's own 5th generation iPod. Equally impressive is the fact that the Mini Player is merely 10mm thick. The new Mini Player will also be available in two color schemes: white/silver and black/silver.

Pricing was not available at the time of this report.

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By AppaYipYip on 6/9/2006 8:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
It's incredible how companies are allowed to copy the look and style of the iPod. It's such a blatant rip-off!

RE: ugghh
By AnaxagorasZeres on 6/9/2006 8:39:49 AM , Rating: 2
What I'm finding ironic isn't the fact it looks like an iPod video with a larger screen (I honestly couldn't care what it looks like so long as it meshes nicely with my iBook), but that it has a neutered control scheme which reminds me of the days when MP3 players were James Bond gadgets.

RE: ugghh
By Master Kenobi on 6/9/2006 9:01:37 AM , Rating: 2
If you want to see a size comparison with a iPod Nano, this site has it.

RE: ugghh
By Master Kenobi on 6/9/2006 9:15:34 AM , Rating: 4
Cry me a river. We do the same with everything else in the industry. Clothing, Hardware, Hard Drives, Cases, Keys, Mice, Keyboards, Hammers, etc... etc... If you can't handle the competitiion go home.

RE: ugghh
By Griswold on 6/9/2006 11:50:03 AM , Rating: 2
Much like the iPod looks amazingly similar to the Regency TR-1 transistor radio from 1954. :D

RE: ugghh
By Garreye on 6/9/2006 12:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's awesome, I've never seen that before!

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