updated 10:05 am EST, Mon November 5, 2007
Toshiba Gigabeat U206
Toshiba on Monday morning released new versions of its Gigabeat U series to appeal to fresh listeners. Both the U104 and the U205 share the same flat-panel control scheme, 1GB of flash storage, and a new set of gold, light blue, and pink color options. Both are also based around the same 1.1-inch color OLED display and MP3/WAV/WMA audio support as well as photo viewing, the company says. The U104 starts the line at $87 with the core feature set; the $129, 2GB U205 adds in-canal earbuds and both an FM transmitter and tuner, letting it connect to a car's stereo without an adapter or share music with any FM-capable music player.
A third model, the U206, carries the same hardware features as the U205 but opts for a cross-shaped directional pad and new blue, brown, and red color options. It ships at the same $129 price. All three Gigabeat U models ship to Japan on November 9th. International releases were not mentioned, though Toshiba recently brought the Gigabeat U202 to the US in black and silver trim.
Gigabeat U104 and U205