A new portable media player is expected to hit the market
soon that has packed in features and capabilities like no other. The Viliv
P2 has been in the eyes of media device enthusiasts for quite some time and
now we hear it may see the light of day.
The P2, the successor to the Viliv P1, is a portable media device built on the
Microsoft CE platform with an interface based on Mobile Flash Lite 2.0. The
product page also lists dual OS booting capabilities with Linux Qtopia as well.
The P2 features a 4.3-inch TFT LCD with touch sensitivity as many portable media
players now have.
What really grabs our attention is how robust the P2 is in supporting a variety
of media formats. Among the list of video formats are h.264, DivX, MPEG 1/2/4,
Xvid, WMV 7/8 at 320x240 resolution and WMV 9 at 720x840. The P2 also has the
capability to play MP3 and WMA files as many other portable media players have,
but the P2 also adds support for OGG, AC3, PCM, and AAC audio
formats. The P2 can also display images in JPEG and Bitmap formats with a
maximum resolution of 4000x3000 which is way more than anyone should ever need
on a 4.3-inch screen, along with support for HTML, PNG, TIFF, and WMF files.
The P2 also doubles as a personal information management device with support
for PDF and Microsoft Office files. Additionally, the P2 has audio (AC3
5.1/Stereo) and video (NTSL/PAL, CVBS (S-Video, RGB) outputs according to DAPReview.net.
Storage options include 20GB or 30GB and the device will have USB 2.0 ports
built in for connectivity to a PC as well as a line-in for recording audio.
Extra options will include GPS and DMB capabilities which would spice up the
deal a bit more. We should expect to see pricing information released as the
launch nears. Check back for updates on this extraordinary portable media