iRiver has been in the MP3 and PMP industry for a long time, and some of their most recent devices have been remarkably well manufactured. Especially in the shiny aesthetics department. And in today's market, that's almost half the battle. No one wants an ugly gadget to show off to their friends, after all. And there's definitely no worry about anyone being unimpressed with the shiny good looks of the new S100. It's a simple design, no doubt about that, but that's not a bad thing at all.
And we can't argue with the fact that, despite its entry-level positioning, the iRiver S100 brings quite a few features along for the ride. iRiver's calling it a "soft silhouette design," and we can see how that's fitting. It's obviously designed to fit well in your hand, as well as your pocket, especially with those rounded corners. Much in the same vein as Apple's iPod Touch/iPhone, there's a single hardware button below the 2.8-inch screen. It features a resolution of 320x480, and it doesn't seem to be touch-enabled.
You'll have the ability to access a whole suite of supported file types, such as MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, and FLAC. Video wise, you're looking at H.264 support. There will be two models: 4GB and 8GB models, but you can expand those memory limits by using a microSD card. The S100 also features 42 hours of constant music playback, seven and a half hours of video, or 6 hours of pure DMB playback. We don't have any information on availability or release date quite yet, but it should be available soon.
[via Player Bities; thanks Gavin!]