These next-generation devices are packed with features such as extended battery life, support for new higher-resolution displays and wide screens, direct audio/video recording, and direct connections to digital cameras; prices begin at $299 (U.S.) MSRP. The new devices and the mobile version of Vongo, coming first to Portable Media Centers, will be available in early 2006.
Some upcoming products:
• The stylish and sleek Toshiba S Series gigabeat Portable Media Center includes an extended battery life for movies and a 2.4-inch high-resolution screen with more than 260,000 colors for a vivid and sharp picture. The S Series will come in two varieties: The 30GB gigabeat S30 will have an MSRP of $299 (U.S.), and the 60GB gigabeat S60 will have an MSRP of $399 (U.S.). Both are scheduled to be available in March 2006.
• The Tatung V620 Portable Media Center has a 20GB hard drive with a 3.5-inch QVGA (320x240) LCD screen for watching movies and television shows. Availability and pricing is scheduled to be announced in 2006.
• The LG Electronics PM70 Portable Media Center has a 30GB hard drive that connects directly to a television to capture favorite music or shows immediately on the QVGA widescreen. Availability is scheduled for the first half of 2006.