We first got a glimpse of Cowon's super-portable media player, the Cowon Q5, back at CES 2007, but details were pretty foggy on specs, pricing, and availability. However, things are clearing up as the company has announced final pricing and specs for the United States, and the forecast for this PMP looks quite rosy.
First, the Q5 will come in two models: a 40GB version for $499.99 and a 60GB version at $549.99. Both devices are expected to ship by the end of Q2 (sorry, Cowon didn't get any more specific than that), and they have quite an impressive roster of features. Let's take a look, shall we?
- Runs Microsoft Windows CE 5 Professional and features an AMD Alchemy Au1200 500MHz processor
- Has integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a HSDPA modem (oh yeah, you read right) so you can wirelessly browse the Web over a cellular network
- Optional GPS package, which comes with TeleAtlas maps of the United States, text-to-speech functionatliy, and an 11 million points of interest database
- A 5-inch, 16 million-color TFT touch screen with an 800x480 pixel resolution and built-in stereo speakers; measures 5.4x3.4x0.7 inches and 13.4 ounces
- Support for AVI (DivX and XviD), ASF, WMV, MPEG, and MP4 video codecs
- DVR functionality with video recording from TV, VCR, or camcorder
- Support for MP3, WMA, WAV, AC3, AAC, FLAC, and OGG Vorbis files; line-in recording and an FM radio
- Photo and document viewer; voice recorder
- Rated battery life of 13 hours of audio and 7 hours of video playback
Phewf! That's a whole lot of PMP right there, and we can't wait to get our hands on one. Let's just hope it's not one of those overhyped gadgets that fail to deliver on performance.