As far as portable media players go, there are a good many of us who have been brainwashed into associating MP3 players with Apple’s series of iPods. However there are other media players available in the market, such as Microsoft’s Zune and Cowon, a South Korean company who has recently expanded their line of portable media players with the Z2 Plenue, an Android based portable media player that might prove to be a decent alternative to the iPod touch.
The Z2 Plenue features a heavily skinned version of Android, but given how the device is being touted as a media player rather than a phone, we’re guessing it shouldn’t really matter which version of Android it is running on, as long as its media player capabilities are present. In terms of hardware, users can expect a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM accompanying it, a 3.7” 800×480 OLED display, and with storage options ranging from 8GB all the way up to 32GB.
It sports a microSD card slot for extra memory expansion, and will also feature WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and an FM tuner as icing on the cake. Unfortunately at the moment the Cowon Z2 Plenue appears to be available only in Korea, and is expected to retail for $230 for the 8GB model, and $300 for the 32GB model after conversion.
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