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Creative unveils the Android-capable Zii EGG portable media player

July 29, 2009 | by Robert Nelson

Android Devices

Creative unveils the Android-capable Zii EGG portable media player

Creative has just recently announced a new developers platform that is going by the name of the Zii EGG. First things first though, before we all get super excited, the Zii EGG is currently a developer platform, meaning we are not going to be able to head over and click a “Buy Now” button just yet. That said, according to Creative, it is ready to go to market and just needs to be picked up by an OEM. Of course, if you really wanted, there is an option to purchase the Plaszma SDK Starter Kit for $399 and have a 32GB Zii EGG tossed in for free.

“The Zii EGG is an energy efficient handheld StemCell Computer based on the powerful ZiiLABS ZMS-05 media-rich applications processor.”

Now in terms of what the Zii EGG actually is, well for lack of a better description, think iPod touch, but in this case, think an iPod touch that is running Android and has a 3.5-inch 10-point capacitive multitouch display with a 320 x 480 resolution. Additionally, it has two cameras (one front and one rear), GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an accelerometer, FlashLite support, 16GB of internal storage as well as an SDHC card slot that can add up to 16GB of additional storage.

As to when we can expect these to hit the retail market, good question and unfortunately one that cannot be answered, however in terms of price, they are expected to retail for somewhere about $199.

In terms of features and specs, here is the complete list;

  • Capacitive 10-point multi-gesture touch display
  • 3.5? 320×480 true-colour display
  • X-Fi audio processing
  • Up to 32GB Internal Flash Storage
  • 32MB NOR Flash (Linux Kernel Boot ROM)
  • 256MB Mobile DDR RAM
  • Supports 720p and 1080p HDTVs via HD cable
  • Composite video out
  • Dual cameras for high definition photos and movie capture
  • Forward facing VGA camera
  • Rear Facing HD camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Hardware GPS receiver
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • SDHC slot (supports up to 32GB of external SDHC Card)
  • USB 2.0 Mini-B (MTP and Charging)
  • Universal Docking connector (USB, Audio)
  • Headphone socket, built-in speaker and microphone
  • Supports Plaszma™ OS and Zii Optimised Android™
  • Light weight: 108g