updated 04:20 pm EDT, Fri March 21, 2008
Teclast M26 player
A new media player by Asia's Teclast is directly targeting the iPhone and the iPod touch. Like the Apple devices, the M26 is almost entirely touchscreen controlled, but Teclast is specifically marketing the player as using the same type of capacitive technology as the iPhone, permitting light finger gestures. The M26 differs mainly by way of having a 2.6-inch, 400x200 screen, and playing AVI, RealVideo and even Flash video files. Neither the iPhone nor the Touch support Flash.
Teclast has also announced a more conventional player, the M30, which relies on a non-touch AMOLED screen. Control is instead handled via a touch-sensitive panel, somewhat resembling the controls on LG's Chocolate products. When it is released, it will ship in black or white for 599 yuan ($85).