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Android PMP plays 1080p video on AMOLED display

Dec 29, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Cowon announced an Android 2.1 portable media player (PMP) with 1080p HD video playback. The D3 Plenue ships with up to 64GB of flash memory, and provides a 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 AMOLED display, plus Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g, T-DMB, and FM radio, says the company.

Cowon has long made Linux- and Windows-based PMPs, shipping a Linux-based A2 device, for example, in 2006. Last month, the company announced a Windows CE-powered Cowon 3D player claimed to be the first PMP to support 3D displays without requiring 3D glasses.

D3 Plenue

Neither the processor or internal memory specs were revealed for the D3 Plenue, but the device offers up to 64GB of flash memory by way of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of internal memory, as well as up to 32GB more via microSD expansion. A USB port is provided, as is the NFTS filesystem, which might let the device access files from an NTFS (New Technology File System) formatted external hard drive.

The D3 stands out with its 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, which offers 800 x 480 resolution, as well as its 1080p HD video playback capability, says Cowon. Both HDMI and composite video outputs are provided for pushing video to the big screen. There's no camera or GPS, but the D3 is equipped with speakers, an accelerometer, and vibration feedback, says the company.

The D3 Plenue supports T-DMB wireless TV

Wireless capabilities include 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, and an FM radio and recorder, says Cowon. The device also has a receiver for Korean-market terrestrial DMB (T-DMB) broadcasts, says the company.

Available in black or purple, the D3 measures 4.6 x 2.5 x 0.46 inches (116.4 x 64.2 x 11.8mm), says Cowon. The device is said to weigh 4.2 ounces (120 grams).

The D3 Plenue puts its own UI spin on Android
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The Android 2.1 software installation appears to include a UI layer targeting the Korean market. The device ships with the JetVD video playback app, as well as web browsing, email, e-reader, photo album, and Twitter apps.

Additional apps are said to include "Word Up," as well as a dictionary, smart wallet, scheduler, address book, and notepad. Android Market or other Google apps and services do not appear to be available.


There was no word on the pricing or availability of the D3 Plenue, but it appears that Cowon will soon steer it toward the Korean market. More information may be found on Cowon's D3 Plenue page.

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