This new configuration integrates the Intel QX9650 into the configuration along with several other very high-end components to make the ultimate gaming rig. I got to see the Blackbird 002 at CES and I almost dropped to my knees and started bowing, it truly is a thing of beauty even when its off, but when its up and running you can add raw power to that list of things it is.
This little gem launched today, and I assume the 32GB is flash storage, every site I saw this thing at referred to the storage as “memory” and the capacity is a rounded out flash size like 8, 16, 32, 64, instead of HDD sizes like 200, 250, and 400GB. Anyways, it’s a Creative Zen model, and it comes in black, and it can store about 8k songs.
So first, the Zen Stone came out from Creative, and the fact that it wasn’t an Apple product, combined with the fact that it was the same size, with similar functionality as the Shuffle, and it was slightly cheaper, well that was enough to help the original model sell a good number of units. Well now it appears Creative is besting Apple’s Shuffle in more areas than price.
In fact they are fixing one of the few flaws of the shuffle, the lack of a screen for navigational purposes. Then they are upping the storage to iPod Nano levels with 4GB for the Zen Stone Plus.
At their IFA 2007 Press Conference Creative pretty much said "iPod who?" as all eyes were on their credit-card sized ZEN PMP. The tiny device - which measures just 55 x 83 x 12mm - is easily Creative's best mobile device to date, with a 2.5-inch, 16.7-million-colours screen, a choice of 4, 8 or 16GB of internal memory (expandable via an SD/SDHC slot) and support for MP3, AAC (unprotected), WMA, WMV, MPEG-4, DivX and XviD files.
If I'm blunt, the Creative Stone struck me as being a bit "meh". Apple has done the screenless PMP already, and was - in my opinion - shown up nicely as competitors lined up to undercut it in price while simultaneously adding features and a screen. Perhaps Creative have read my mind, anyway, because they've now introduced the Stone Plus; a 2GB DAP with a simple OLED display.