Miliptas, Calif. - Creative Technology is out to boost its portable media player (PMP) market share with the launch of its first touchscreen model, the Zen X-Fi2.
The model features a 3-inch screen in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions at suggested retails of $129, $179 and $229, respectively.
Compared with its predecessors, the new model has a larger screen, slimmer size with overall dimensions at 4-inches by 2.25-inches by 0.46-inches, MicroSD slot replacing the SD slot, a TV output to view videos and photos on a connected TV, and playback of more A/V codecs in native form.
The devices are available for pre-order at Amazon.com, Creative.com and Frys.com.
Supported audio codecs are MP3, WMA (DRM9), Audible4, AAC and FLAC. Supported video codecs are WMV9, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4/5, and XviD. Photo formats are JPEG and BMP. Other features include X-Fi Crystalizer processing to restore lost detail in compressed music and X-Fi Expand for more natural sound staging from headphones. It also features FM tuner, built-in speaker, microphone for voice recording, alarm clock functions and ability to display RSS feeds offline.
The devices come preloaded with music from eMusic and, from Audible.com, the first book in James Patterson's Maximum Ride series.