updated 09:25 am EDT, Tue August 28, 2007
Samsung P2 for US
Samsung today confirmed that its YP-P2 touchscreen media player would be coming to the US, paving the route for a direct competition between the player and potential models from Apple. The previously Europe-only 8GB device will retain the 3-inch widescreen with touch controls used to play music, video, and podcasts. Battery life is now set at 35 hours of music and five hours of video. In a surprise announcement, however, the company notes that a November firmware upgrade will use the P2's Bluetooth and microphone to serve as an impromptu cellphone extension for answering calls without reaching for the phone itself.
Similarly in the queue for Americans, the T10 will rely on simpler touch-sensitive controls and a smaller 2-inch screen, but should also keep its Bluetooth and will share the same ability to accept phone calls with the November upgrade. Samsung estimates the T10's playback time at 30 hours of music.
Neither player has received its pricing, but both are expected to be competitive with other players in their class and will go on sale for Americans in September in black, purple, and white colors.