Friday, May 30, 2008

Review: Samsung SC-HMX20 Full HD Camcorder

The StarPhonex magazine reviewed the first Samsung's full HD SC-HMX20 camcorder.

We have photo albums stuffed with the first step, the drooling smile of the first teeth -- literally thousands of them.

I wished for the ability to take video, but I didn't want to go out and buy a great big camera to haul around along with all the other paraphernalia we had to carry. So we went without video of all those precious moments that are best displayed in video.

I wish there were camcorders like Samsung's brand new SC-HMX20C available then. Announced at this year's CES in Las Vegas, the SC-HMX20C isn't available in Canada yet, but the expected release toward the end of May will put a terrific quality camcorder into the hands of home consumers -- although pricing also isn't available at this time.

Well, while I have my regrets about not having video, you don't need to -- this new camcorder pretty well has it all. It has a 6.4-megapixel still camera so you can take good quality images, and it's a full HD video camera that shoots at 1920 x 1080 resolutions. With that resolution, you can take your videos directly off of the camera and play them on your HD TV -- see junior drooling on the 60-inch in High Def!

The HMX20C is only 2.6 inches wide x 2.65 inches high by 5.47 inches, and weighs just 1.01 pound. The onboard 8GB of memory holds up to 90 minutes of recording at 1920 x 1080. You can easily add a memory card to increase the capabilities.

The 10X zoom lens offers you the ability to take those close-ups you want, and the 300 frames per second super slow motion recording speed lets you analyze your golf swing to see what you're doing wrong. If you're like me though, slowing down my golf swing just makes it look even worse.

The HMX20C has a 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD viewfinder, which is really handy when recording. The pop-up flash provides that extra bit of light when you need it, and the Electronic Image Stabilization is a real boon for those of us who aren't quite as steady-handed as we once were. It really comes into play when recording video while zooming, and is an absolute necessity in my view.

You can easily download your images and videos onto your PC, running Windows XP or greater. If you're a Mac user, sorry, you're out of luck with this camera. You can use USB 2 to download images, or use the HDMI cable to connect your camera directly to your HDTV to watch your photos and videos directly.

The lithium battery will give you about 1.5 hours of recording time, which is enough to fill the onboard flash memory. An extra battery is never a bad idea though, so if I were buying this camera, I'd get a battery for sure, as well as one of the extra SDHC/MMC+ memory cards.

The camera has a unique swivel grip which easily changes the way you can hold it from up in front of your face to down low, so you can take a kid-level shot of first steps, or get that all-important close-up of Lassie's adoring eyes. I may make a bit of fun of that feature, but it's actually pretty handy for taking all sorts of different pictures/videos and it'll soon be a feature you'll really like.

Samsung has supplied some software to put on your PC that will let you do basic editing of your videos to add those final touches before you show grandma and grandpa.
The onboard microphone records AAC audio, so you'll capture all the audio you want from your video shoot.

This is a nice, easy to handle camcorder that really takes advantage of the technology available to give home users the best possible videos at a decent price
If you're looking for a good quality digital camcorder that can take stills or videos with equal aplomb, is easy to use, feature-packed and takes HD images, then you owe it to yourself to look around for this camera.

PROS: High Def video, decent quality stills, many features, the super slow motion video and the cool swing grip make this a very desirable camcorder.

CONS: Won't work on a Mac, some might find it a bit cumbersome to use because of the weight and you must use the camera in your right hand -- like most camcorders.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Best Stuff in PC Magazine

The PC Magazine which has 1.225million unique users selected Samsung's YP-U3, BD-UP5000, etc.

Earphones test for YP-P2

Samsung made a video clip that compares various earphones for YP-P2.

YP-P2 for Laptop computer

Samsung introduced how to utilize your YP-P2 with a Laptop computer.
P2 can be inserted into a PCMCIA slot.
Here is how to do it.

YP-T10 3rd Firmware Update

Samsung released the 3rd firmware of YP-T10.
Following is an instruction video from Michael explaining the changes in the 3rd f/w.

Here is the summary of the firmware changes.

Games Added
1. BombBomb
2. BubbleSmile
3. Chicken Runaway

1. Added 10 new themes

Added Functions
1. Deleting files

2. Displaying text horizontally

Music (added music codecs)
1. Added AAC
2. Added aacPlus

1. 100 bookmarks

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Video Clip for YP-SBR510 Speaker

Here is a video clip explaining the wireless Bluetooth speaker Samsung YP-SBR510, one of the CES Innovation Awards in 2007.

Review summary of the Samsung YP-S5

The reviewed Samsung YP-S5 as follows. S5 got a Good grade.

In a big way, the Samsung YP-S5 is the most competitive MP3 player from Samsung, even more than their flagship YP-P2. It doesn't fill a room with sound, no surprise there, but it does use the speaker intelligently to back up some of the other bonus features on the device. The alarm clock, for one thing, was versatile and loud, with battery life that makes it great for travel. And the Bluetooth phone functions were a clever surprise, especially when paired with the speaker for speakerphone capabilities. We still think Samsung needs to think twice about all those touch buttons, and some serious interface redesign is in order, both on the device side and the desktop software. But with its unique capabilities, the Samsung YP-S5 fills a wide niche. And did we mention the music sounds great? Release: April 2008. Price: $170.

Pros: Excellent sound quality and battery life. Surprisingly good alarm and speakerphone features.

Cons: Small speakers still sound small. Interface could use redesign, and maybe throw in some real buttons. Samsung Media Studio needs serious improvement

Design - Good

The Samsung YP-S5 is a unique design for MP3 players, though it won't be so new to diehard Samsung fans. With its slide-out stereo speakers, the YP-S5 updates the Samsung YP-K5 player we saw more than a year ago, though the changes aren't too significant. We like the look of the new player better. While the K5 was a glossy obelisk, the S5 uses a glossy front with a soft touch black exterior around the rest of the player. The device is a bit smaller than its predecessor, and has a gentle angle to it, making it more visually appealing.

Unfortunately, Samsung stuck with the no-button theme for which they seem to be fond, and we think its time for the fat lady to sing on this design concept. The touch buttons are less responsive than hard buttons, and lack the acceleration and subtlety of the iPod's scroll wheel. Also, the player seriously needs a volume rocker. Instead, the only button performed two tasks. It turned the player on and it activated "hold," which kept us from pressing the touch buttons accidentally, which always happened when we tossed the player into our pocket without engaging the hold switch. It's a bad sign when a player's only button keeps you from doing things.

Interface - Good

Samsung's interface is simple and pretty, but it could stand some improvement. First of all, browsing long lists of songs was strangely both jumpy and slow. The imterface jumps page to page, but doesn't accelerate quickly through letters. Second, the organization structure could use some rethinking. Samsung players mostly share the same interface, which keeps secondary functions like Bluetooth phone controls and the alarm clock features hidden under submenus. That makes sense on other models, perhaps, but we think the S5 might be more useful as a Bluetooth speakerphone and travel alarm clock than as a player, at least for some customers. These important features should be high-level menu options, while pictures and videos, which should be a secondary feature on this device, could be buried deeper.

Sound - Very good

Samsung players have always impressed us with their sound quality, and the YP-S5 is no different, at least through a good pair of headphones. The included earbuds aren't horrible, they certainly weren't as bad as the torture devices included with the YP-K5, but they aren't the buds we chose to do our close-listening audio tests, either. The device couldn't handle advanced formats, like Ogg or any lossless files, but it played the standard MP3, WMA mix just fine. In fact, MP3 files encoded at a respectable bitrate sounded very good on the S5.

With the speakers, the sound was clean, but not very powerful. We didn't get much distortion, if any, at higher levels, but we also didn't hear much bass, let alone feel a nice thump. Alarm clock sounds, shrill as they are, were even louder than music, but as a travel alarm clock, the Samsung YP-S5 made a nice fit. When it was time to fill the room with sound, however, we turned to other options.

Features - Very good

The Samsung YP-S5 includes more features than it needs, but has some innovative ideas packed in that work surprisingly well. The player can handle music, JPEG photos and MP4 videos, and videos looked fine on the small, low-res screen, but this is more of a novelty act than the S5's real purpose. The alarm clock was a good feature, and we liked being able to set up multiple alarms on the device. But we wish we could have chosen different songs for each alarm. Instead, you assign one song as the alarm track, and that's the only song that will play on time, besides the included alarm tones.

The Samsung YP-S5 also has some of the Bluetooth phone features we saw on the Samsung YP-P2. When paired with a Bluetooth phone, the YP-S5 will not only stop playback during a call, it will actually let you answer, using the built-in microphone and your normal headphones to take the call. Also, the phone packs a primitive dial pad so you can even dial a call from the YP-S5, which then acts as a handsfree device for your phone. When the speakers are open, you can use the S5 as a Bluetooth speakerphone, which is an especially neat trick, and it worked pretty well in our tests.

Transfer - Good

Samsung's transfer software has not improved since we last saw it. The interface is confusing, and not at all intuitive. Transfers are painfully slow, especially when you have to encode a video for the device. The Samsung Media Studio has a cheesy mood reading tool that supposedly analyzes your music for your mood, but more time and effort should have gone into making an intuitive, pleasant interface that was easy to manage for music transfers and playback instead of these gimmicks. Of course, you can simply use Windows Media Player instead, but if Samsung, or Microsoft for that matter, wants to compete with Apple's iPod / iTunes one-two punch, serious thought needs to go into the synchronization and sideloading half.

Accessories - Good

The Samsung YP-S5 comes with headphones that did not cause the same immediate pain and discomfort we felt with the YP-K5's strange buds, but they were still oddly shaped and slightly uncomfortable. We managed a few hours of use without soreness, but why not go for something smaller? Sound isolating buds are pretty much the way things are going, anyway, and would be an easy way to one-up Apple, who sell their in-ear buds at a premium.

Otherwise, we're continually frustrated by Samsung's avoidance of simple mini-USB plugs. Like we've seen on Samsung phones, the YP-S5 uses a very proprietary looking cable. If you forget it, you're out of luck, as it's also the way the player charges.

Battery - Excellent

To end on a high note, Samsung's player's have always impressed us in terms of their battery life. Like it's predecessor, the K5, the Samsung YP-S5 manages a full day of playback, more than 24 hours, in fact, in a single charge. We stopped testing after a day, but that's what Samsung promises anyway, so we were more than satisfied. With the speakers on full volume, which was an annoying test to sit through, we managed just shy of five hours, so we imagine Samsung's five hour estimate is for a more soothing volume.


Compare the Samsung YP-S5 with similar products

Who is the Samsung YP-S5 for?
Outdoor enthusiasts
Video lovers

Price and availability

The Samsung YP-S5 is available now for about $170 at various retailers.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

DreamWareComputers.Com reviewed YP-P2

The DreamWareComputers.Com reviewed YP-P2 as follows:

As the "oh-so-popular" call for touch screen media players has picked up after a "certain" product hit the market, many manufacturers are hopping on board and making their own touch-based media players. The YP-P2 is a sleek little player from Samsung that features an entirely touch-based interface on a large 480x272 resolution screen. This player also retains the numerous features that we're used to seeing from past Samsung MP3 players as well. Oh, did I mention it has full bluetooth support too?

In The Box:
(1) Samsung YP-P2 8GB Player

(1) USB Sync/Charge Cable
(1) Pair of earphones
(2) Foam earphone covers
(1) Installation CD
(1) Lanyard attachable stand
(1) Quick Start Guide

On the outside, the P2 is a very simplistic looking player. Available in wine red, black, and white, this player hasn't quite adopted all the funky and unique colour that it's brothers the T10 and U3 are available in. All you'll find for buttons are the volume up and down buttons on the right side, and the left side has the play/pause/on/off button as well as a hold switch. Although I initially thought the little LED circle on the front face would be some sort of button or navigation aid, it ended up being there just for looks. It's LED will change colours to indicate different things (blue for bluetooth connection, red for locked, etc). Over to the bottom edge where you'll find the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and the connection for the included sync/charge USB cable. Should any problems arise, there is a small reset button on the back that you can push with a small paperclip or needle head.
The large touch screen on the front measures three inches diagonally in size. It runs at a resolution of 480x272, which is actually the same resolution the popular PSP gaming device runs at. Having a 16:9 aspect ratio, you'll be able to enjoy those wide screen movies in comfort. The player will natively support both WMV and SVI (MPEG4) video formats but through the included Samsung Media Studio software you can convert practically any video format to play on the player.

With most new MP3 players these days supporting more than just the standard MP3 and WMA, the P2 supports 3 different audio formats right out of the box and I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung adds more formats in future firmware updates as they've done with previous devices in the past. Natively, it will play MP3, WMA, OGG with support for purchased DRM WMA files.
The picture viewer is practically a standard on all new colour screen MP3 players these days. With the nice large screen on the P3 you will be able to easily view, zoom and navigate through your picture library with native JPEG support. A slide show mode with customizable speed will allow you to sit back and enjoy the show if you'd like to go through all your pictures. You can also change the viewing mode between vertical and horizontal and select an image to use as the main menu background as well.

Here's the feature that really makes an MP3 player stand out in my mind; having an FM radio. With so many players dropping this feature these days, outside of the car I can never really find the time to sit beside a radio and enjoy a good morning show or countdown. Samsung has always kept me and plenty of their other buyers happy by still including an FM radio function on most of their players. With an auto-search feature, preset mode and a colourful interface to top things off, this will certainly be a well liked feature on this player. For those moments you don't want to miss, it also features the ability to record FM.
The main radio page is pictured below.

The 'Datacasts' icon you see on the main menu page is essentially Samsung's word for a podcast. Using their media manager software you can sync up Podcasts from RSS feeds onto your P2. This certainly isn't a bad idea with the popularity that podcasts are starting to achieve these days.The menu style shown below is from the menu updates available through Samsung. This one happened to be my favourite style because it was very colourful and really showed of the screen size and capabilities of the player visually.

Now it's time to explore that "Prime Pack" icon that you've been wondering about! Since there's a lot in there, I'll give a quick explanation of each below.
Texts - an integrated text file reader that scrolls through pages side by side (I was expecting up/down scrolling)
Games - With a firmware update, you can now download three games from the Samsung web site. More games are expected in future updates.
Alarm - A built in alarm clock will let you wake to either one of three preset alarm sounds or the song of your choice. Unfortunately with no built-in speaker you'll have to attach the player to an external speaker or have a painful nap with some earphones on!
Calendar - A calendar you can flip through
Address Book - This is also pretty self explanatory
World Clock - A fancy world clock interface lets you jump to different time zones and see the current time
Calculator - I think this is also pretty self explanatory :)

The calculator function is pictured below.

One feature that I used more than I expected it to be the bluetooth capabilities. With Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities, the P2 can support two simultaneous bluetooth headsets paired with it. This means that up to two separate listeners can share one wire-free connection or you can pair a set of bluetooth speakers and a headset together with it. Digging deeper in the settings, the bluetooth capabilities don't just end with headsets. Being able to link with mobile phones and other bluetooth devices that support file transfer, you can actually receive files on the P2 from other devices. I sent a few songs from my Blackberry 8100 to the P2 for listening. When linked up with a mobile phone, you can actually use the P2 as a hands free device! For everyone who's always wanted to say "Hold on, I've got a call on my MP3 player", well, now you can! When used with a bluetooth capable cell phone you can make and receive hands free calls on the P2. Your headset of choice covers the listening end and the integrated mic in the bottom of the player handles the voice portion. Wait, why didn't they give me voice recording abilities with this mic again? Hopefully that will be in a later firmware update.

The sound enhancements on the P2 are very much like recent Samsung MP3 players that we're reviewed. Their DNSe 2.0 engine allows you to use built-in EQ presets such as; rock, club, jazz, etc. or to make your own with a 7-band EQ and adjustable "3D" and Bass settings. In addition to that, you also have Samsung's "clarity" option and "street mode" adjustments. For those familiar with audio processing, I found the clarity option to be a very similar enhancement as the BBE Sonic Maximizer offers (a device used to easily enhance live and recorded sound, also integrated into many TVs these days too). The street mode offers a sort of noise reduction by amplifying quieter sounds to help compensate for a noisy environment around you.

Before we move on, let me quickly touch on the included stand that comes with the P2. This stand actually goes through the lanyard loop at the top because it's small enough to cary with you. When you want to use it, simply unclip it and fold it out. As you can see in the pictures below, it has two different notches that the player can rest it so it will be held horizontally for watching movies - clever!

Here the stand is pictured partially unfolded; the top portion folds back to approximately 120 degrees or so.

Since it works as a standard MTP media device, you don't need the Samsung Media Studio software installed to take advantage of most functionality of the P2. However, this software will give you a one-stop location to convert videos, sync datacasts and cover all your other media syncing all in one convenient location.

Having over 3 weeks with the P2 gave me plenty of time to get well acquainted. Audio quality itself was superb; I've never really been disappointed in any MP3 players from Samsung when it comes to audio quality. Their DNSe 2.0 sound enhancement engine along with the clarity adjustment can make just about any pair of headphones sound like an expensive sound system.
I should mention here that I applied three updates to the P2 from the Samsung website. I updated the firmware, I installed the menu updates (which give you more visual styles) and I installed the 3-games pack as well. This way I could experience the player as it should currently be shipping with these updates.

The touch navigation through the menus was a new experience for me as I have not yet had the chance to play with any other DMP's like this. Once I got used to it, navigation around the player's menus became almost second nature. The ability to hold and drag scroll bars is certainly faster than using a d-pad style of button for navigation. Although it's no MultiTouch, Samsung calls their touchscreen GUI the Emoture Finger-Gesture GUI. The only complaints I had here was that it seemed inaccurate at times when I knew I clearly touched one button but it would seem to think that I touched another nearby one.

Enjoy a few eye candy pictures below of some of the different visualization options:

My overall use experience with this player was excellent. It's large and very colour screen and themes really make it stand out in your hand. Watching videos on a screen this size is a breeze, it's no longer an uncomfortable thing to do like on many smaller screened media players. Showing pictures was also done at ease and the FM radio was a well-received feature. The icing on the cake is the true power this thing holds with the integrated bluetooth. Once more media players start supporting this, you'll be able to wirelessly send and receive files amongst your friends, eliminate that headphone wire and of course use your MP3 player to talk on your phone (never thought I'd say that one). For a fraction of the cost of many competing players in this market, you certainly get a lot more features for your money with the Samsung P2!

Excellent designColourful and easily modifiable interface and themes are really a step-up over other media players on the marketGreat sound and very usable sound enhancements (like DNSe, clarity and street mode) Battery timeA few colours available too, and I'm hoping that more will be on the way to match up with their other current playersOverall feature set was excellent with lots of useful features on the player and nothing big lacking

Touch screen seemed a little inaccurate at timesNo voice recording abilities? It seems the mic on the player is only for making phone callsA 32gb model added to this line, at the right price, would give them a big pushing pointShould at least have a built-in tone generator, if not a small speaker, for the alarm functionality

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The Tweak3D.Net reviewed YP-T10

Tweak3D.Net reviewed Samsung YP-T10 as follows:

For our first review of Samsung products at Tweak3D, we chose to take a detailed look at the T10 MP3 player (4GB), which is a solid Ipod alternative, for a decent price (around $120 USD).


Available colors: black, lime green, red, white
Storage capacity :4GB / 8GB
Screen: 2" 320x240 pixel 262k Color
Size: 1.63” (W) x 3.76” (H) x .39” (D)
Weight: 43g / 1.14 oz.
Battery (Lithium-ion): 30h (specs), 15h (test) / Video 4h
File support: MP3, WMA, SVI, WMV9 at 320X240 resolution (30 fps),TXT, JPEG
Other: Voice Recording, FM Radio, Datacasts (RSS Feeds), Bluetooth 2.0Link for features and specifications: YP-T10JAB MP3 players - MP3 players SAMSUNG

The T10 comes with a USB cable, the software / drivers CD and earbuds. Also, thanks to Samsung for the re-usable package instead of using a popular “clamshell” piece of $%&%&! This way, the player and accessories can be stored in the small box when not in use.

Samsung’s software installed properly on my Vista x64 machine (it also works on Vista and on XP SP2+). Since the T10 is a MTP device, it’s impossible to use it on a Mac or with Linux.

The player also works fine with other media players such as Windows Media Player and Winamp (for drag and drop). Still, I suggest using Samsung’s software, since it permits you to upgrade the player’s firmware and use the other features (video conversion, RSS feeds, etc).

Controls and graphical interface

Firstly, you need to power on the player with a sliding power switch which is on the right side. A delay is needed to activate the power on / power off sequence, so there’s no worry to shut the player off by accident.

The rest of the controls are all touch activated. The buttons are invisible and light up when needed. There’s a menu button, a back button and a directional pad with a select button at the center of it. Also, you will have to wipe the player quite often, especially if you buy the black unit. Finger marks can be quite a problem with a dark touch interface.

To be honest, even if it contributes to the slick design of the player, I’m not a fan of the T10 touch interface. The buttons are seldom irresponsive and accidental presses happen quite often. Separate volume controls would have been welcome, because of the lack of precision of the touch interface and the incapacity to get to the volume controls quickly. If you are in another menu (options, playlists, etc), you have to back up until you reach the main menu to be able to alter the volume again.

Aside from this flexibility issue (volume), the menus are easy to navigate, without feeling any lag. Lots of eye candy was added in the interface, but you can easily skip the animations by continuing to navigate through the menus.

Sound and audio quality

According to my ear, the sound quality of the T10 is above average while plugged to a pair of quality headphones (I tried with a pair of Sennheiser HD437) or a home sound system.

On stock settings, I felt like it was set with way too many bass. I just had to play with the bass boost option, along with the equalizer (seven bands) which was easy to use and responsive. On the other hand, I tried the DNSe sound “enhancing” system and I was unimpressed. Frankly, I prefer to listen to my tracks as they were intended, so I never use the features that permits to add effect that mimics being in a particular place. There’s also a “Play speed” option that is totally useless with music, unless you crave for a cheap new bootlegged Chipmunks CD.

The stock earbuds, while still comfortable, did nothing out of the ordinary, so I don’t recommend using them. It was easy to hook Bluetooth headphones to the device, so this is great if you want to get rid of the usual wires. It’s a plus for the T10, compared to its direct competitor, the Ipod Nano, which doesn’t offer Bluetooth compatibility.

The FM radio option worked well, with possibilities to customize your preset stations, etc.

As I noted earlier, I stress-tested the player to play continually until battery exhaustion. It lasted around 15 hours, which is half the time indicated in the specs.

On top of that, the music was played at a very low volume, with the screen off. Fifteen hours on one charge is more than enough for the regular user, but the enthusiast will have to plug it in every night on the computer (or any other USB source of energy, such as a game console).

Screen and video quality

As with larger Samsung LCDs, this 2-inch screen is great. The colors are vibrant and it offers a wide viewing angle. Also, the suggested battery life was true for videos, it lasted at least 4 hours during my tests.

Most video files need to be converted by the software to fit the WMV9 320x240 @ 30 fps standard. This was a lengthy procedure, so be aware that preparing videos won’t take the same time as managing audio files which mostly require a simple drag and drop.

The picture viewer feature also worked very well! The software resizes your files to a 640x480 resolution to ease on the loading times and the high quality screen will do great justice to your various pictures and mugshots.

In conclusion...

The Samsung T10 offers a great deal of functions for its price. At first, I asked myself: “With all the Ipods all around, what will it offer to compete?” Well, for around 10 bucks less than a Nano, you get the same functions plus some neat features such as the possibility to hook up wireless headphones. This feature is especially great since Bluetooth headphones gained in popularity and are much more common nowadays. The T10 is a good choice for fans of the underdog, the one that doesn’t want to go “mainstream”, or the one that just wants to try something else than the Apple “standard”.

The Samsung T10 earns a solid 4 out of 5!


Great screen quality
Good sound quality for the price
Bluetooth compatibility


Hard to reach volume
Touch interface / gets dirty easily
Lengthy video conversion.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Samsung S3: A New DAP from Korea, the Mp3 Player Motherland

The posted Samsung's New YP-S3 MP3 player. Following is the info:

This morning Samsung released news of its new Mp3 player, the S3. It will be available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB versions and available worldwide in June.

Our little DAP (44x95x9.8mm 53g) features a 1.8” TFT LCD, supports DNSe 2.0 technology, as well as MPEG-4, MP3, WAM, OGG and TXT. As for audio playback you should expect something like 25 hrs of play time and 4 hrs of video.

SEOUL, KOREA – April 30, 2008 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has recently unveiled the S3 (YP-S3), an MP3 player true to the fundamental value that multimedia player concept is meant to provide. This is the successor to the K3, a million-seller last year thanks to its outstanding audio quality and aesthetically pleasing design.

The design and sound are even better this time around, and a video playback function has been included to expand utility. The listening experience, too, is improved by new features involving sight and touch.

The new S3 employs the upgraded version of Samsung’s proprietary Digital Natural Sound engine. (DNSe 2.0) Users get outstanding sound quality along with twelve preset “audio equalizers” (EQs) such as Concert Hall, Studio, and Rock. Street Mode assists the listener in noisy environments, and the user can adjust the EQ, 3D Sound and Bass Boost to create a customized auditory effect.

For visual stimulation, the S3 comes in five different vivid colors (black, white, red, green and blue) and offers three beautiful screen saver patterns. An LED lighting effect is linked rhythmically to the on-screen images for greater listening enjoyment.

Samsung engineers sampled the hand shapes of numerous users to improve the form factor and design for optimal gripping comfort. The corners have been rounded off while the back of the player is curved by being set at different angles horizontally and vertically to provide the best feel in the hand.

S3 users can play music, watch video clips, listen to and record FM radio broadcasts, view photographs, read text, and be awakened by an alarm. The suite of multimedia features includes five fun built-in games. Also set for launch is a speaker cradle (YA-SD210) that provides a new music listening environment that integrates the design concept.

The S3 comes in with storage capacities of 2, 4 or 8GB, and will be available in June worldwide.