IFA 2006: Samsung's stylish K5 music player with slide-out speaker

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We gave you a peak of Samsung’s new K5 touch screen music player last month – now it’s had an official launch at this year’s IFA.

It’s a very stylish – and small – device with one particularly eye-catching feature – sliding stereo speakers that hide away when not in use. According to Samsung, they also deliver sounds beyond their size – "no distortion, great volume, and a defined deep bass". Upping the style factor still further is the touch screen OLED screen, which can be used both horizontally and vertically – and of course, is only visible when the player’s powered up.

The K5 is available in both 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes, offering playback of all the expected file formats plus DRM and Linux-friendly Ogg files. There’s also an FM radio, an alarm feature and the option to upload images, which can display as a slideshow as you listen to your tunes – nice (if slightly cheesy) touch. Transfer of tracks and images is via USB 2., battery life is 30 hours (or 6 hours in speaker mode).

No confirmed date of availability or price as yet. We’ll keep you posted.

Samsung website

More portable players:
IFA 2006: Philips GoGear SA9200 1/2Gb portable music player
Asono M1 portable multimedia player

Dave Walker