updated 04:20 pm EDT, Mon October 8, 2007
Philips intros SA9345
Philips has released a new media player targeting the lucrative mid-sized market. The SA9345 holds between 2 and 4GB, and has a 1.8-inch color screen; its main attractions are likely to be touch-sensitive controls, and size, at just over a third of an inch thick. It plays MP3 and WMA audio files, as well as FM radio and WMV video. The last is limited to 24fps, but software is provided for conversion from formats including AVI, MOV, MPEG-1/2/4 and even VOB (DVD) files. The 4GB player is claimed to play up to 20 hours of audio or two hours of video, although according to a conflicting report, music may be limited to 10 hours, possibly on the 2GB model.
The 4GB 9345 is already listed as available in North America, despite no prices being given. In the United Kingdom the 2GB player is £99 ($202), while the 4GB player is £129 ($264). [via T3]