CES 2009: Meet Samsung's iPod killer, the touchscreen P3 [day 2]

CES 2009: Meet Samsung's iPod killer, the touchscreen P3 [day 2]

Summary: The last of the Samsung press conference: their P3 touchscreen MP3 player.The P3, a widescreen portable multimedia player, has an "EmoTure" interface with true haptic feedback.

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TOPICS: Apple, Hardware, Samsung
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Samsung P3The last of the Samsung press conference: their P3 touchscreen MP3 player.

The P3, a widescreen portable multimedia player, has an "EmoTure" interface with true haptic feedback. It's a CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award honoree. The 8GB player boasts a 3-inch WQVGA TFT-LCD touch screen for photos and video at 16:9 aspect ratio without letterboxing.

As for the "EmoTure" touch interface with haptic feedback. the company says the following: "With every command gesture, from swiping a finger across the screen, to switching audio tracks, to holding down a digital button for fast-forwarding video, the P3 reacts with a variety of physical sensations for a more intimate user experience versus other media players." It's also got a Music Hot Touch Key, located just below the touch screen, as a shortcut to music features and selections.

As for the audio, the P3 has Samsung's updated DNSe 3.0 sound enhancement tech, but we'll see when we hear it.

The unit is just 0.39 inches thin, and can be paired with a Bluetooth-enabled phone, allowing users to use the built-in microphone to answer calls directly through the player.

It's got a reinforced die-cast metal casing in either matte black or matte silver. Why? "The player's housing is built to combat the fingerprints and scratching, which typically mar today’s portable electronic devices." Sorry, iPod touch.

The P3 will be available in the first half of 2009 in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32 GB storage capacities. Note about being an iPod touch-killer: I didn't see anything about Wi-Fi in there!

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Samsung

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  • Hopefully this real haptic feedback unlike the Storm click screen

    It's good to see new innovation in UI.
    T1Oracle
  • Wake me when they sell their first 5 million.

    They don't have the iPod ecosystem, and while they'll sell some, there's nothing very new here.
    GoPower
    • Reminds me of OS X's struggle

      [i]They don't have the iPod ecosystem, and while they'll sell some, there's nothing very new here.[/i]

      Funny thing is that the [b]exact[/b] same thing is said of OS X! The Windows ecosystem is seen as the #1 impediment to OS X adoption. In the end, does it matter if you have a choice of 500 protective cases or 50?

      As far as there being nothing new here, I see this as being a step towards simplicity. The iPod Touch is too confusing to use because it has too many features. I hope that this is just a media player because that makes it simple for really stupid people who get confused when a device can do too much. Hmm, something about that argument sounds awfully familiar! :)
      NonZealot
      • I think Vista's poor reputation helped OS X.

        Frankly, I think half of the reason was Vista's plummeting reputation. Microsoft shot themselves in the foot, and Apple took advantage of the situation.

        To be honest, however, Mac OS X is still below both XP and Vista in market share, so even though it's growing, I'm not terribly optimistic about it being any sort of Windows killer.
        CobraA1
        • I honestly don't think Apple has the goal of being

          a Windows killer. Or MS Killer for that matter. They are
          growing and have killer margins. They have the ability to
          spend good money on Research and Development and still
          have gobs of cash in reserve. So things seem pretty spiffy
          from my perspective. There is the thought that of all the
          enemies MS may have it just might be MS that is doing the
          most harm too MS.

          Pagan jim
          James Quinn
      • How pitiful

        you spend your life hovering over the keyboard to slam and bait any Apple related story that appears, even inventing or exaggerating shortcomings that seem to put you in the minority (ie, Touch has too many features).

        You have become a farce but not as funny or obvious as Mike Cox.

        ...
        MacCanuck
    • Agreed.

      Agreed. It's a nice player, I'm sure, but does Andrew [i]really[/i] think it's gonna kill the iPod?

      You're right, overcoming the Apple ecosystem is half the challenge. Apple's products just work. Not only that, they work together, and they work together well. The brand name itself is a formidable force. It's not going to be that easy.
      CobraA1
  • RE: CES 2009: Meet Samsung's iPod killer, the touchscreen P3 [day 2]

    Without Wifi the P3 will be more of a Cowon S9/iriver SPINN challenger. Reviewers fail to consider that there is another tier of touchscreen devices that are less expensive but offer something in exchange for the lack of the Wifi on the Touch. FM radio and Bluetooth add more to the pure media experience when the distractions of Wifi aren't required.
    4dthinker
  • The iPod touch and iPhone has the App Store

    The really cool thing about Apple's devices is that you have thousands of applications to choose from and then there's the whole Apple brand factor that most people would be willing to pay more for. Will this device be able to make a dent in Apple's market? Well I think that the Zune has a better chance.
    General C#
  • RE: CES 2009: Meet Samsung's iPod killer, the touchscreen P3 [day 2]

    I would ask 3 questions before buying this device:

    1. Can I get 80GB like an iPod?
    2. Will it cost more or less than a comparable iPod?
    3. Where will I get content? Is there something like the iTunes store somewhere? (I'm just going to assume it won't work with iTunes.)

    In other words, iPod/iTunes will continue to be the standard against which all newcomers will be measured. Until someone figures out how to beat the iPod/iTunes combo, there will be no "iPod Killer."
    barence773
    • By jove I think he's got it!!!!

      It the very thing everyone misses. The iPod, iPhone and
      yes even the Mac is not something that can be broken
      down to its individual features. Its something that is more
      than a simple sum of its parts. Look people its a bunch of
      different pieces/parts that includes the UI, software,
      hardware put together in a way that makes everything
      shine. It makes not the perfect but a very outstanding
      whole. YES you'll find others with more features like
      AM/FM radio, or more memory, perhaps a screen with
      greater resolution. Cheaper price tag but so far what you
      won't find is a better thought out and put together whole
      unit that the iTouch or iPhone or Mactionsh.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn