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Mpio FL500 & FY800 officialcomment: 17 | Tuesday, September 26 (2006) 07:47AM | Posted by Robert Sinke
What's shaped like the body of a futuristic guitar, pretty compact and able to play MP3/WMAs? Why, surely it has to be the Oppo XM31M? Err... no, not this time around. We're referring to Mpio's latest weird-trick-up-the-sleeve, the FL500.
We've told you before about Mpio's take on the FL500, a.k.a. "back to analogue". The main controller is supposed to be really precise, none of that clickety-click-click stuff. Janus DRM compatibility was thrown into the mix, next to features like an FM tuner and a built-in voice recorder.
Inherited from its predecessor, the FL400, the negative LCD screen pops up once again. MSRPs have been set to 99k & 119k Korean Won for the 1GB & 2GB version of the FL500 respectively (80/99 Euro).
Also official is the FY800 - a less awe-inspiring yet pretty slim (9.85mm), SD-expandable flash DAP that comes in basic flavors of 1 & 2GB. Basically offers the same kind of tricks as the FL500, although the screen (believe it or not) is actually a bit bigger, allowing for an additional line of info to be shown.
Even though the FL-500 isn't too expensive to Korean price standards, this FY-800 thingy shaves off an additional few Wons: the 1 gigger costs 79k Won (65 Euro) and a 2GB FY800 is just as expensive as a 1GB FL500 (99k Won).
Not sure if these prices are part of some "special event" or anything, since I've seen the FY800 (1GB) being offered at about 100 Euros somewhere in Europe. Maybe we should just introduce "DAP bucks" already.
FL500 & FY800 product pages (Korean) | More pictures of the happy couple (MPnavi)
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