updated 04:50 pm EST, Fri January 4, 2008
Xias products for CES
Xias today unveiled several new products that it will display at CES 2008, including two digital photo frames, two cameras, USB memory sticks, and an MP3 player with an accompanying digital download service. The PF-821WF and PF-1021WF are an eight- and 10-inch digital frame, respectively; both models feature a display resolution of 800 by 600. Up to 12 images can be displayed simultaneously, and images sit in a floating, swiveling base. Seven digital media formats are supported, which can be uploaded to the frames from either of the two bult-in memory card slots. Four different play modes are supported – full-screen browse, slideshow, thumbnail browse, and zoom in/out – while viewing time can be adjusted in both browse and slideshow modes. While pricing was not announced, Xias will ship the frames during the second quarter of 2008.
The DCS-860 ($180) is an eight-megapixel camera, available in four colors – white, blue, pink, and metallic graphite. It features Face Tracking and Anti-Shake technology, with 13 picture taking modes. The DCS-860 uses a 3x optical and 4x digital zoom, while offering a variety of white-balance settings. In addition to pictures, the unit can take MPEG4 formatted video with audio, while storage is based around 16MB of internal memory and a SD card reader. The metallic graphite model is currently available, with other models shipping later in 2008.
Xias’ DCS-1260 ($250) is a 12-megapixel model, featuring most of the same capabilities as the DCS-850, such as Face Tracking and Anti-Shake. A large 3-inch screen plays back pictures and MPEG4 video, while the camera features 21 picture-taking modes, including voice recording. The built-in flash has several modes, from automatic and red-eye reduction, to slow-sync and forced modes. As with the digital frames, the DCS-1260 will ship during the second quarter of 2008.
The PV-4022 ($110) is an MP3 player that features video capabilities as well. It has 4GB of internal flash storage, and is compatible with WMA or MP3 audio files. Xias’ new player can tune to FM radio stations, and can also record voice. The large 2.2-inch LCD offers an icon-driven interface, while the device supports both photos and movie playback.
XiasLive, a new DRM-free media download service, offers songs to all US customers at a rate of $1 per title. The service has a large library of both major label and independent artists, and will feature video downloads later in 2008.
The Xias PDX drives did not have pricing available, but will come in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB sizes. They do not have any moving parts, and take full advantage of USB 2.0. Xias said the drives will be available during the first quarter of 2008.
Xias PF-1021WF (back right), DCS-860 (front right), PDX flash drives (front left), PV-4022 (back left)