Creative Technology Ltd. has announced the Zen Vision MP3 player with a 3.7-inch SharpPix high-resolution 640x480 262,144-color screen for photo viewing and digital video playback.
The new model features a transflective screen that provides excellent image and video quality even in bright sunlit conditions. With 30GB (gigabytes) storage capacity, the Zen Vision carries up to 15,000 songs, tens of thousands of photos, or up to 120 hours of video. Available in either pearl white or black, the Zen Vision measures 4.9 by 2.9 by .8 inches and weighs only 8.4 ounces. The company says the suggested price in the USA is US$399.99.
USers will be able to download songs from Internet music stores such as Napster, MSN Music and Music Now. The Zen Vision also supports music subscription services such as Yahoo! Music Unlimited and Napster to Go. The player also includes a built-in FM radio with 32 preset options, and FM recording.
A convenient Plug&View slot on the side of the player supports both Compact Flash Type I and Type II media. An optional Compact Flash Adapter plugs directly into the Compact Flash slot to accept the most popular memory card types including SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card and Secure Digital, 17 variations in all.
For video, the Zen Vision supports a selection of video formats, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Simple Profile formats such as DivX and Xvid, WMV, and MJPEG. The Zen Vision also supports TiVoToGo, for viewing of TV content recorded on a TiVo personal video recorder, and digitized home movies transferred from the PC.
The removable rechargeable battery provides up to 4.5 hours of video playback, and up to 120 hours of video can be stored on the player.
In addition to these features, user will find a built-in microphone, an organizer with calendar, tasks and contact lists with the ability to sync with Microsoft Outlook. It also includes an alarm-clock that allows the user to select what songs to use as a alarm.
Parts of hte 30GB storage space can be used as a removable disk space for use with personal computers.