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Cowon launches trio of touchscreen players

updated 07:55 am EDT, Mon August 25, 2008

Cowon S9 O2 and L3

Cowon as of Monday launched a concerted campaign to improve its touchscreen players with three new models. Headlining the move is the S9 Curve; the device is the first narrow-format touchscreen player from the Korean company and also the first to use an active matrix OLED (AMOLED) touchscreen. The switch from LCD both improves color output (up to 16 million colors) and also battery life: despite a 3.3-inch display, the S9 is capable of 40 hours of continuous music while remaining slim.

The S9 is also a full video player with both prerecorded clips and, in Korea, a T-DMB tuner for live digital TV. An accelerometer and a dual-core processor are also said to make Cowon's new entry more responsive to user input than other devices.

A second entry, the O2, joins the company's more traditional models; the device has a much larger 4.3-inch touchscreen and similarly advanced media playback support, including seldom-supported formats such as Apple Lossless or True Audio. It also has the same T-DMB tuner as the S9 but adds voice recording and a dictionary. The larger and more traditional screen reduces battery life to 18 hours but keeps eight hours of video; it supports up to 32GB of flash storage with an SD card slot for more.

The L3 as Cowon's final introduction is the true GPS device and has a 7-inch, 800x480 screen that suits it primarily to use either in-car with a dash mount or else at home. It too supports T-DMB, audio, and video, though Cowon doesn't mention formats or storage outside of an SD card slot.

None of the devices have received set release dates, though Cowon has announced the devices at Europe's IFA event and frequently releases its smaller devices in North America without the T-DMB support.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Constable Odo

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    I only hope the

    next iPod Touch has some of the hardware that the S9 has. However, I'm willing to settle for 64 GB of flash memory and a more robust battery. If Apple doesn't want to offer bells and whistles with their products, then at least excel on functionality.

  1. karmatose

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    Joined: Sep 2007


    Cowon is AWESOME!

    I have a D2 and it's fantastic. Beats the iPod hands down on audio quality. If these are anything close to the D2, I'll totally get an L3.

    Boils down to this.
    -FLAC support out of the box
    -40 HRS of battery life
    -Expandable storage (I have over ten 16GB SDHC cards)
    -Totally customizable (skins, etc.)
    -Bulletproof. I've dropped this thing so many times and it's never let me down in the six months I've owned it.

    Cowon makes nice stuff. If you feel let down by your iPod's audio quality, check Cowon out.

  1. revco

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    Joined: May 2005



    They do look good. I'd be tempted if the price was right (and the interface wasn't goofy). Any pics of this thing lit up?

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