The PMP (Portable Media Player) market has always been lucrative especially with the plummeting prices of NAND flash memory. There is a lot of companies around who have tried very hard to differentiate themselves from the rest of their competitors, with the most aggressive ones being the two giants of this industries, namely, Creative Technologies and Apple Inc. Their Zen and Ipod series have made waves around the world, enticing other technology giants like Sandisk & Microsoft to enter the market for a pie of the profit.
The Music Card M3 on display at Cebit
The Meizu M8 Mini-One Mobile Phone cum PMP
Recently, the VR-Zone had the chance to visit Meizu at Cebit after making waves with releases of news on the Meizu Mini-One, an all-in-one WM6 based phone cum PMP with 2-8GB of internal memory. The Mini-One is slated to be launched in Q1 2008. Currently, Meizu is already commanding a good hold of the PMP market with their Music Card and Mini Player.
The Meizu M6 Mini Player
Today, we will be taking a look at the 2GB variants of the Music Card and Mini Player, courtesy of Meizu themselves. The M6 has already been in the market for more than a year, wheras the M3 was recently launched at Cebit Germany.
The Mini Player is positioned to be a full fledged PMP with Video, MP3 and lossless codecs (OGG & FLAC) playback. with a High-Resolution 2.4" QVGA TFT LCD.
The Music Card is slightly scaled down with less miscellaneous functions like games, stopwatch and such. The screen is also too small for videos to be viewed, thus a video playback option is not available on the player itself but you are still able to play back these files via it’s browser option. More on this later. How does these two players compare against the others, especially those from giants Creative and Apple? We’ll explore in details in the next few pages.