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Cowon iAudio 9 PMP gets unboxed

Cowon iAudio 9 PMP gets unboxed

Perhaps it's a 2009 thing and, come the new year, packaging will won't enthral us so, but for now there's a great deal of geeky appeal in how manufacturers choose to present their tech.  Cowon have generally been associated more with audio performance than they have with style, but it looks like some of the "shape up" message is getting through: DAP Review have just taken delivery of the iAudio 9 PMP, and as their unboxing photoset shows there's obviously been a lot of thought put into how it's packaged.

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Cowon W2 MID with Atom CPU revealed by Bluetooth SIG

Cowon W2 MID with Atom CPU revealed by Bluetooth SIG

Gadgets leaked by text are far less exciting than blurry, hurriedly-snapped photos, but we won't turn up our noses at a preview no matter the method.  It now appears that Cowon have a touchscreen MID in the works, the Cowon W2, according to a test page at the Bluetooth SIG, though specifications are still scant.

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Cowon iAudio 9 PMP gets priced & dated

Cowon iAudio 9 PMP gets priced & dated

Cowon's iAudio 9 PMP now has a release date and pricing, after the slimline media player was first outed at the start of October.  8.9mm thick, the iAudio 9 will be available in 8GB and 16GB configurations, and land in Japan at least in the middle of November 2009.

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Cube H600HDMI PMP: 6.99mm thick and huge codec support

Cube H600HDMI PMP: 6.99mm thick and huge codec support

There's slim, and then there's wafer-thin-mint skinny, and it's obviously the latter that Cube's new H600HDMI PMP is aspiring to.  The 5-inch mediaplayer has an 800 x 480 resolution display, can cope with decoding up to 768p/30Mb media and is capable of outputting 720p/1080i video via its HDMI port, but most strikingly it's just 6.99mm thick.

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Teclast T51 PMP gets reviewed

Teclast T51 PMP gets reviewed

We have talked about the Teclast T51 audiophile grade PMP before when the product was first announced. The T51 has now been reviewed by b4tech.com and found to have a few issues.

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Archos 5 Android Tablet firmware reportedly stable; Android 1.6 Donut by end of 2009

The Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet saga continues, with sales of the 5-inch PMP still partly frozen on Amazon while the company has also pushed out a new firmware update.  Amazon put the Archos 5 160GB on hold earlier this week after unspecified complaints from buyers; now the 500GB model has come into stock with the retailer, but shows no such sales-freeze.  According to ArchosFans, meanwhile, there's a new, stable firmware - version 1.1.01 - that addresses many early complaints from owners.

Lisse Q10 retro-PMP

Lisse Q10 retro-PMP

Whether you're an iPod owner or wouldn't be seen dead near one of Apple's PMPs, you can't argue the fact that the distinctive mediaplayers have had a huge impact on how rival devices are designed.  That's why we're glad to see the Lisse Q10, a pleasingly retro PMP with a rather tactile looking control dial.

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PXP-2000 PSP Go knockoff still forgets the 2nd joystick

PXP-2000 PSP Go knockoff still forgets the 2nd joystick

Knock-off consoles are always good for a cheap, moderately cheerful laugh, and so we're surprised its taken the Chinese cloners this long to come up with a decent PSP Go copy.  The PXP-2000 "borrows" the distinctive stylings of Sony's latest handheld, but throws in a camera good for stills and 3GP video capture, an FM radio and NES/Famicom emulator.

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Archos 5 160GB and 32GB Android Tablets now shipping in US

Archos 5 160GB and 32GB Android Tablets now shipping in US

Having gone up for pre-order midway through September, certain models of Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet are now listed as in-stock and ready for delivery by Amazon.  The 160GB hard-drive version, together with the 32GB flash model, are both shipping now; however the remaining versions - of which Amazon only list the 500GB tablet - are still only available for preorder.

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iriver N20 and WiFi-packing K1 PMPs tipped; Android K2 to follow?

iriver N20 and WiFi-packing K1 PMPs tipped; Android K2 to follow?

Details of two new iriver PMPs have emerged, courtesy of a post on the iriver forums (currently offline), including a compact MP3 player and a WiFi-toting iPod touch rival.  The iriver N20, shown here, is expected to debut imminently with a 4-line 120 x 56 OLED display and FM radio.

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Zune & Zune Pass could see Apple compatibility; WinMo phones next

Zune & Zune Pass could see Apple compatibility; WinMo phones next

One of our key criticisms of the Zune HD was that Microsoft don't offer a version of their desktop management software for Mac, thus giving Apple users another good reason to stick with the iPod.  That might change, though, says Mary-Jo Foley, who has been talking to Microsoft's director of communications for the TV, Video and Music Business, Jose Pinero.  According to Pinero, Microsoft are considering porting the Zune software and services to various non-Windows platforms, one of which would be OS X.

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Cowon iAudio 9 PMP: broad codec support and TV out

Cowon iAudio 9 PMP: broad codec support and TV out

Cowon have outed their latest PMP, the iAudio 9, complete with a 2-inch QVGA display and voice-recorder functionality.  While it may not have the outright style of some rival devices, one thing Cowon have always impressed with is codec support and the iAudio 9 is looking like it'll be no different.

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