updated 04:55 pm EST, Wed March 4, 2009
Cowon D2+ ships in US
Cowon has quietly begun selling its D2+ portable entertainment device in the US recently just one week after than its launch in the home market of Korea. Like its predecessor, the D2, the new player is available in both 16GB and 8GB versions on Cowon's US online store, JetMall. Unlike the D2, however, the D2+ adds more colors to the same 2.5-inch, 320x240 touchscreen, has a new GUI, new BBE+ sound processing and a slightly different exterior design. The North American version also loses the DMB tuner, which is not usable in the area.
Otherwise, the D2+ has the same MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC and WAV audio file support and AVI, MPEG-4, WMV videos and a TV output. Features include an FM tuner, microphone input and a voice recorder, as well as text reader functionality. Battery life is rated at 52 hours for audio playback and 10 hours for video viewing.
Pricing is the same as for the D2 model, which is being sold alongside the refreshed models, with the 8GB version costing nearly $140, while the 16GB D2+ is $180. [via dapreview]