updated 11:10 am EST, Fri December 8, 2006
Cowon D2 Launch
Cowon this morning officially revealed its product page and launch details for its D2 portable media player. Although the media jukebox had already been introduced by the company in November, the more formal announcement expands on the D2's features and reveals improvements in battery life. Cowon says its newest device achieves its minimal size by using a touchscreen responsible for controlling nearly every function: users tap at onscreen icons to play music, radio, videos, or mobile TV -- even while the related visuals play in the background, according to the company. The D2 is also unique in its inclusion of a high-powered, 74mW amplifier for the headphone jack that delivers higher volume at lower settings and suits the D2 to external speakers.
Crucially, the D2 can sustain its activities for longer thanks to last-minute refinements to its battery use. Music has witnessed the greatest improvement, stretching from 45 hours to 52 hours of continuous play by Cowon's estimates; runtime for DMB TV broadcasts has been extended by an additional hour to 9 hours. In its shipping edition, the D2 will be available in 2GB and 4GB models compatible with Macs and Windows PCs beginning December 19th. Pricing remains unlisted.
A video of the interface can be found after the jump courtesy of iAudiophile.