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Aluratek PMP Gets 8.9-Inch Screen, HD, e-Reader

Aluratek plans January shipment of a big-screen portable media player (PMP) that doubles as an e-reader.

The $179-suggested Cinepal features 8.9-inch 1,024 by 600-pixel LCD screen, playback of 720p and 1080i HD video in native form, and storage of e-books. It outputs 720p to a connected TV.

The device incorporates 4GB of embedded memory, but additional memory can be added via an SD/SDHC/MMC memory card slot and USB port.

Supported HD-video codecs include AVI, VOB, DAT, MPG, MPEG, DivX, H.264, MKV and RM/RMVB. Supported audio codecs include WMA and MP3. And photos can be displayed in JPEG and MPF format.

Its rechargeable battery lasts up to six hours with continuous use, the company said.