Cowon is teasing three new portable video players for the upcoming 2008 IFA showcase in Berlin. Along with the newly announced S9, O2, and L3 make up a formidable new product lineup of touch-screen beauties--none of which have been officially announced for the U.S.unveiled last month, the
The prettiest of the bunch, the Cowon S9, includes a 3.3-inch OLED touch screen (480x272 resolution), music and video playback, photos, Bluetooth, composite video output, FM radio, voice recorder, and a built-in accelerometer that will rotate the screen depending on how it's held.
The backbone of the S9 is a 500MHz dual-core processor and a rechargeable battery capable of 40 hours of continuous audio playback. No word yet on price or memory capacity.
Next up is the Cowon O2, a portable video player with a gargantuan amount of video and audio format support. The O2 is being offered in white, pink, and black, with either 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB capacities, which can be expanded using SD memory cards. The O2's 4.3-inch touch screen can be used for video, photo, and music playback, and extras such as a built-in speaker and TV output are also included. Cowon also lists a "recording" feature on the O2, which could mean video, line-in, or voice recording (or all three).
Given that Cowon saw fit to load the O2 with so much video codec support (Divx, Xvid, MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, MPEG11, MJPEG), and the O2's side panel looks remarkably like the video input panel on the
Finally, the biggest beast of the bunch, the Cowon L3 is a 7-inch touch-screen PVP (800x480 resolution) that continues
A SIRF III GPS antenna seems to be built in to the tablet-size Cowon L3, along with an internal speaker, FM transmitter, SD card slot, an IR sensor for the included remote control, and a metal latch plate presumably for mounting the device in your car.
The L3 relies on Flash memory, although there's no official word on how much memory Cowon has crammed in there, how much the device will cost, or if it will even make it to the states.