Samsung Yepp P2 and S3 PMPs really wannabe mobile phones

25 June 2008 No Comment Mike Evans

Samsung YEPP P2 and Samsung YEPP S3 Personal Media Players
Samsung have launched two new PMP devices, each of which looks suspiciously like a mobile phone with the phone innards ripped out. The Samsung YEPP P2 DMB is the daddy of the duo, with the obligatory MP3 player and video player being joined by a terrestrial DMB mobile TV decoder. It smaller brother, the Samsung YEPP S3 offers video and music playback, but not mobile TV.

As you can see from the pics, it’s fairly evident which PMP comes with which features, with the YEPP P2 offering a glorious 3″ HD screen that supports 16:9 widescreen broadcasts. In contrast, the S3 offers a much smaller screen, but at least it’s a colourful screen, and the device does come in five different colours.

More details of the new Samsung YEPP PMP devices after the jump.

Samsung YEPP P2 Personal Media Player

Samsung YEPP P2 PMP in all its glory
The P2 is the high-end device of the two. As well as the excellent screen size, Samsung have also enabled this new PMP with enhanced video rendering (what they call Digital Natural Image Engine technology).

As if to show off their technological prowess, Samsung have endowed the YEPP P2 with a touchscreen as well as Bluetooth 2.0, which can connect to a mobile phone and actually receive phone calls (just in case you were in any doubt that this PMP is actually a wannabe mobile phone!)
Samsung YEPP P2 PMP showing mobile TV

The YEPP P2 comes in black and white, and in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB versions.

As a PMP, it looks great, but I’m not entirely convinced by the enormous aerial on the thing that’s needed for mobile TV reception.

Samsung YEPP S3 Personal Media Player

Samsung Yepp S3 PMP in 5 different colours
The S3 is the P2’s smaller brother. Eschewing mobile TV, it focuses firmly on the playback of music and video. As such, it’s screen is much smaller, and it isn’t touchscreen either, but you do get the benefit of nifty OLED control buttons on the front (you know, where a mobile phone’s keypad would normally be!)

As if to ensure the S3 doesn’t feel overshadowed by its bigger sibling, Samsung have kitted it out with Digital Natural Sound Engine technology, which apparently ensures a much better sound from the S3, while adding a number of effects, such as 3D EQ and bass boost, according to the user’s tastes. There’s even a “street mode”, which I’m guessing doesn’t add traffic noises to your tunes, but rather sets the graphic equalizer and effects settings to something more in keeping with what’s popularly known by the yoof as “urban” music.
Samsung S3 PMP
As if all that wasn’t enough, you can also play games on the S3, and it comes in 2GB and 4GB variants, in any of five colours.

In summary, the S3 might not be as posh or as feature-rich as the P2, but it’s still a damn fine-looking PMP, and should do well with the younger crowd, whereas the P2 is perhaps aimed more at the serious traveller or commuter.

Both PMPs are currently only available in Korea at the moment, but it shouldn’t be long before they find their way out to the rest of the world.


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