Cowon weren't short of a few devices at CES 2010 last week, but one thing not yet ready for primetime is the Cowon J3 PMP. The mystery PMP is pretty much unknown beyond this rear-panel graphic that leaked a few weeks ago, but according to a preset in the latest version of Cowon's own jetAudio app spotted by Moveplayer, it will have a 3.3-inch WQVGA (480 x 272) display that's rumored to use an AMOLED panel.
Look out Creative, Viliv are creeping up behind you. The company have been showing off their latest touchscreen device, and while you might assume it's another MID in actual fact Viliv are describing the P3 as a PMP; either way, you get an indecently skinny 9.8mm chassis, 3.7-inch AMOLED 800 x 480 touchscreen (Nexus One we're looking at you), 800MHz Cortex A8 processor and dual-booting Android and Windows CE.
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Sony have raised a few eyebrows by announcing their own tablet at CES 2010, though they're describing it as a "personal internet viewer". The Sony dash has a 7-inch touchscreen, integrated stereo speakers and support for the 1,000+ of chumby applications already available online. That means things like internet radio streaming, webcam viewing and basic games.
After Archos briefly posted the Android 1.6 firmware update for its Archos 5 Internet Tablet last week, before summarily yanking it hours later, the company have finally given an explanation. According to a notice posted to their support page, a "last-minute major issue with the web browser" forced them to pull the update down.
Having announced a PND with integrated HD Radio last January, Cydle is following up this coming CES with a new version that throws "HD Traffic" status updates into the mixture. The Cydle T43H is one of a number of new portable devices the company are planning, including the Cydle M7 MID and two PND/PMP combo devices, the T70 and T50.
Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut". With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.
Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.
We're not wanting to point fingers here, but we couldn't help but notice some striking design similarities between the new MSI MT-V660 PMP and Microsoft's Zune HD; still, given the number of iPod copycats we've seen over the years, having your industrial design "borrowed" is now practically a sign that you've arrived. Appearance aside, the MT-V660 gets a 3.2-inch display, TV output and a reasonably broad range of codec support thanks to the Rockchip RK2806 chipset.
If you're in the market for an iPod alternative, and you don't mind going with a brand that your friends have never heard of, how about the RAmos T11TE? The 5-inch 800 x 480 PMP may not look all that distinctive from the outside, but its Full HD 1080p output via an HDMI connection certainly singles it out from the rank & file of more mundane MP3 players.
Back when we first caught sight of the Cyberus Smart Info Tablet, we pondered out loud whether there was anything Sungale's odd touchscreen gadget couldn't do. Ebook reader, web surfer, PMP, internet radio and PND, the list of abilities is impressive; unfortunately, as Gadgetell discovered in their review of the Cyberus, while the spec sheet might look promising, the end result is something of a disappointment.