updated 02:35 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007
Tomato U20 Media Player
Tomato hoped on Tuesday to break into the designer media player arena with its new U20 player. The handheld's slim, chromed design recalls the sleeker profile of newer cameras and has room for a 2-inch LCD despite a comparatively small, 12mm-thick frame. The true strong point is the sheer range of the U20's format support, the company is quick to add. While its playback includes everyday MP3, WAV, and WMA songs as well as JPEG photos, the jukebox will also play RealNetworks' videos, the raw VOB clips from DVDs, and more exotic movie formats such as MKV. An FM radio tuner and a voice recording microphone extend options even further, and an external speaker lets owners listen to or watch music without earphones.
Although shipping with either 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of flash memory onboard, the U20 has a miniSD card slot for extra memory should the player run low on space. Tomato's device accepts music from both Mac OS X and Windows PCs and should be available now, though pricing is unlisted. [via DAPreview]