Friday, June 02, 2006

Upcoming Portable Media Center Devices

Here is a sneak peak into the latest Portable Media Center devices that should be coming out soon. What are Portable Media Centers? From Microsoft's website...

Portable Media Centers put all of your favorite video, music, and pictures at your fingertips wherever you are. Take digital entertainment from your computer with you on the go, including recorded TV shows, downloaded videos, home movies, music, and photos.

Two models have been previewed on Microsoft's "Coming Soon" section of the Portable Media Center site. These two models are the Toshiba Gigabeat S Series and the Tatung V620.

Toshiba Gigabeat S Series Portable Media Center

Toshiba Gigabeat S Series Portable Media Center

The Toshiba Gigabeat S Series Portable Media Center offers a vivid 2.4" color display and an extended storage capacity, so you can take your favorite digital media with you. Download recorded TV shows from TiVo Series2 or feature-length movies from movie studio Web sites, and then watch them on your Portable Media Center or a TV. Listen to music and download album art from online music providers. Tune into your favorite FM radio station with the unique FM tuner feature. Create impressive photo shows set to music, or enjoy interactive gaming with integrated audio for Microsoft Xbox 360.

Listed Features include:

  • Compact dimensions with up to 60 gigabytes (GB) of storage space
  • FM radio tuner
  • Extended battery life (12 hours of audio and up to 2.5 hours of video)
  • Familiar Windows Mobile software navigation
  • Compatible with popular media file formats, including .wma, .wmv, .wav, JPEG, and MP3
  • Media download from Media Center PCs
  • Recorded TV download from TiVo Series2
    Audio integration with Xbox 360
  • Available in Piano Black and Piano White

Specs

  • Display: 2.4" QVGA (320 x 240) LCD screen
  • Storage: 30 GB or 60 GB hard drive
  • Battery hours: 12 of audio/2.5 of video
  • MPU: Freescale i.MX
  • System requirements: Microsoft Windows Media Player 10

Tatung V620 Portable Media Center

Tatung V620 Portable Media Center

The Tatung V620 Portable Media Center offers a sizable 3.5” color display and a large storage capacity, so you can take your favorite digital media with you. Download recorded TV shows from TiVo Series2 or feature-length movies from movie studio Web sites, and then watch them on your Portable Media Center or a TV. Or use the video record feature to make your own movies. Listen to your favorite music and download album art from online music providers. Create impressive photo shows set to music, or enjoy interactive gaming with integrated audio for Microsoft Xbox 360.

Features

  • 3.5” wide screen, ideal for easier viewing
  • 20 gigabytes (GB) of storage space
  • Compatible with popular media file formats, including .wma, .wmv, .wav, JPEG, and MP3
  • Familiar Windows Mobile software navigation
  • Media download from Media Center PCs
  • Recorded TV download from TiVo Series2
  • Audio integration with Xbox 360
  • Video recording

Specifications

  • Display: 3.5” QVGA (320 x 240) LCD screen
  • Storage: 20 GB hard drive
  • Battery hours: 20 of audio/5 of video
  • MPU: Texas Instruments DM320
  • System requirements: Microsoft Windows Media Player 10

It looks like these new Portable Media Centers have address some of the shortcomings of the previous generations of Portable Media Centers. With better quality screens, longer battery life, faster MPUs and improved integration to Media Center, Tivo, 3rd party music and movie providers and Xbox 360, hopefully these devices prove to be more popular than their predecessor.

Both of these devices are set to be available for "Spring 2006" (North American or Asustralian ?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are you happy to see me? Or is that a brick in your pocket?

Oh, it's a Portable Media Center..