updated 09:35 am EDT, Fri August 29, 2008
Samsung Q1 and U4
Samsung this morning expanded its MP3 player range with two devices previously hinted at in the past. Standing as the mid-range device, the YP-Q1 (shown) is the first player from Samsung with the company's in-house DNSe 3 audio engine, which like Creative's X-Fi is said to restore missing detail from compressed songs. It also claims a simple, illuminated D-pad interface and a 2.4-inch LCD comparatively large for flash-based players.
The Q1 carries either 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of storage and has an FM tuner in addition to its normal music, photo and video support. Samsung plans an October launch with three different color shades and pricing that will be set later.
The YP-U4 replaces the U3 and earlier incarnations of Samsung's stick-shaped players and uses a unique, graduated two-tone shell that recalls the company's TV sets. It has a full directional pad controller and a monochrome OLED display that gives proper music control and extends the battery life out to 16 hours of music. The U4 should already be available in some areas.