Samsung 10.2in LMD-10A51W mobile TV demoed
Device boasts DMB reception, video, music, and even Flash playback
Samsung has announced plans to launch a 10.2in mobile TV in Europe, based on the Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) standard.
Significantly larger than most mobile digital TVs on the market, which typically sit between 5in and 7in in size, the Samsung LMD-10A51W builds on the design of the company's R7 LCD 'Bordeaux' TV series with a sleek appearance and white surround.
Built around a 16:9 aspect ratio, the same as the company's full-size TVs, the device features a 10.2in LCD panel featuring an 800:480 resolution and 400:1 contrast ratio. Behind the panel is a rechargeable battery - although there's no news yet on how long the device will last per charge - along with a pair of 1W internal speakers.
While primarily designed for reception of digital broadcasts, Samsung has also packed local playback functionality into the gadget: featuring a USB 2.0 connection with On-The-Go functionality for connection to USB Mass Storage devices and an SD card slot, the TV can play back video in MPEG-1/2/4, DiVX, and WMA format, audio in MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WAV, and AC3 format, and images in JPEG, PNG, and BMP format.
In addition, the smart mobile TV includes an integrated player for Adobe Flash content, an eBook reader, the ability to record DMB broadcasts to the SD card or connected USB Mass Storage Device, and a remote control.
"We made efforts to shift the concept of TV from a fixed, family-oriented device to a more mobile, personal gadget," explained Samsung's San Heung Shin, of the Visual Display Division, of the new product. "This will bring even greater change than was created by the portable cassette player in the music industry."
While designed to be portable, its large size means that Samsung is predicting that the LMD-10A51W will likely be used primarily in the home as both a small TV set and a multimedia playback platform.
UK pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, while Samsung warns that the specifications could change before the device is fully launched.