Cowon unleashes L2 GPS-equipped personal media player

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We were impressed by Cowon’s iAudio D2 media player earlier this year, which shoehorned audio, video and radio into one sleek device. But now the company has trumped that with its new L2 media player, which adds GPS and digital TV reception into the equation.

Okay, so it’s only been announced for South Korea so far, and would need a Freeview receiver inside if it came out here, rather than the DMB one that’s in the Korean model. But still, the L2 has a seven-inch screen, and can handle AVI and MPEG4 video, and MP3, WMA, ASF and WAV audio.

It’s also capable of displaying digital photos, obviously, and has an FM radio feature too. The device supports Picture in Picture mode, so you can watch several things at once (why you’d want to browse photos while watching a soap opera I don’t know).

The L2 has 2GB of internal memory plus an SD card slot for expandability, and it weighs in at a reasonable 512g. There isn’t much information about how the GPS is used, and what navigation software comes with the device. And I’m wondering if there’s an option to record DMB digital TV programmes to the internal memory, which would be mighty fine.

Anyway, in Korea it’ll cost 299,000 WON, which is just over £160. If it ever makes it to the UK at that kind of price, it’ll be a must-buy.

(via Akihabaranews)

Stuart Dredge
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