Toshiba's new slant on portable TV
September 19, 2008 The permutations and combinations offered by portable multi-media devices just keep on growing and Toshiba's latest approach, the JournE range, takes a music player, video platform and photo viewer and combines it with a DVB-T Tuner, adding television to the list of entertainment options you can plug in to while on the move. The product range will kick-off with the 4.3 inch touch screen E M400 model which will launch across Europe later this year.
The JournE M400 features an in-built electronic program guide covering the next seven days of viewing, automatic retuning for different locations, a rating or lock control to protect young eyes from inappropriate content and support for subtitles and teletext.
The 4.3 inch, anti-glare TFT-LCD screen is designed to handle outdoor viewing and the units Li-polymer battery is good for two hours of TV – a spec that's perhaps a little on the low side, but enough for a feature film.
The JournE supports video in MPEG4 SP/ASP, Xvid and VOB formats, JPEG, GIF and BMP photos and MP3, WMA, AAC and AMR music. The M400 is expandable via a micro SD card slot and Toshiba will be packaged with a 1GB micro SD card.
“The JournE M400 is the first in the range of Toshiba’s JournE products that can receive digital terrestrial television.” says Marco Perino, General Manager EMEA PC Options, Peripherals and Services Division, Toshiba Europe GmbH. “It has been designed with efficiency and ease-of-use in mind. The touch screen interface is intuitive and with the choice of viewing TV, video, photos and music, it is an ideal portable multimedia device.”
No conformation on pricing as yet - stay tuned.