As part of its AV roadshow this week, Samsung announced two new MP3 players that will arrive in Australia mid-year. And that's it. Move along.
Yep, LG isn't the only tech company with a Secret: Samsung is being inscrutably coy on the details of the upcoming YP-S2 and YP-S3. The press release rounding up the new AV range made scant mention of the players, offering no specs to seize upon: "stylish design" and "excellent sound quality" are about as detailed as the vague description gets. When pestered with requests to throw us a bone, local Samsung reps offered a June/July release date but no price or technical details.
Determined to find out whether the Apple-style secrecy could point to two pants-wettingly awesome products, we've sussed out the following info by calling on the resources of CNET sites across the globe.
Jasmine France at CNET.com confirms the 1GB, pebble-shaped YP-P2 comes in five shiny colours (black, white, red, green and purple), and handles MP3, WMA and OGG file formats.
Nate Lanxon of CNET.co.uk isn't too impressed with the "run-of-the-mill" YP-S3, labelling it "pretty much a Samsung T10/P2, only without the Bluetooth and touchscreens". According to Nate's sleuthing, the S3 features a 240 by 320-pixel display, support for MP3, OGG and WMA music formats, MPEG-4 video, FM radio, 30 hours of battery life, and flash games, and comes in 2, 4 and 8GB versions.
It's all sounding a bit yawn-worthy so far, but maybe Samsung is quietly plotting to shoehorn in extra features by the time the products hit Australia. Like a GPS. Or biometric fingerprint scanning. Or ... not.
We'll have a full review of these sly S-series players closer to their mid-year release date.