by Jacqueline Emigh
Amex Digital has rolled out the MP-501, a sleek new paperback book-sized gadget touted as the smallest media player to support 1080p HDTV video.
Measuring 175x128x15 millimeters (which translates loosely into 7x5x5/8 inches), the MP-501 weighs in at 250 grams, or just over half a pound.
The Amex Digital media player is outfitted with two USB ports. An SD/SDHC card slot, and HDMI out, with an ARM Cortex-A8 processor tucked inside.
Streams HDTV and other media through its USB ports
The pint-sized gizmo is designed to stream 1080p HDTV video and other media to other connected devices through its USB ports.
The media player supports AVI, MPEG, MP3, JPEG, and just about all other major video, audio and photo file formats, with the exception of DRM-protected formats such as iTunes, Cinema Now, Vongo, Movielink, and Amazon Unbox.
Other innovations include wireless ‘touchscreen’ keyboard
Amex Digital has previously demo’d a number of other pioneering gadgets at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, such as a wireless “touchscreen” keyboard and the RM-mp1, a handheld device combining the functionality of a media remote, laser pointer, and touchpad mouse.
Innovations listed on its Web site include the SP-7, a digital photo frame with printing capabilities; the “world’s first Blu-ray HTPC (Home Theater PC) A/V Center Computer;” and a Blu-ray player for Macs which made its debut back in 2008.
As described in a company profile on the Amex Digital Web site, China-based “Amex Corporation” is a hardware designer, software programmer, and OEM, with manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen and offices in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Founded in 1990, the company currently manufactures 250 different products and has a staff of 250, according to the site.
Could be available for $49 US in September
Amex Digital is currently advertising the MP-501 on its Web site for $49 US dollars, but an order form isn’t immediately evident on the site.
According to Engadget, however, some customers have received e-mails from Amex Digital stating that the 1080p media player will be available for direct order on September 10, at US pricing of $49 plus a $20 international shipping charge.
You can see a copy of an e-mail apparently sent by Amex Digital by clicking on the “Show Press Release” link in Engadget’s report.