updated 03:45 pm EST, Thu November 16, 2006
Thomson Black Diamond
Merging cellphone aesthetics with audio players, Thomson today officially revealed its Black Diamond music jukebox. The device, also known as the EH308, earns its title through an entirely glossy black casing that hides all but the most essential controls and reveals only a blue, touch-sensitive navigation pad, echoing the minimalism of LG's Chocolate cellphone. Thomson adds that the Black Diamond uses an 8GB mobile hard drive which can improve the transfer speed of songs. Media support extends to MP3 and WMA audio, photos, and video in either MPEG-4 or WMV format. With a built-in battery that can provide up to 15 hours of continuous playback, the Black Diamond will be available soon for $300.