Cowon S9: 3.3″ AMOLED PMP

Cowon S9 Specifications

Display: 3.3″ Touch AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED)
Pixel Format: 480 x 272
CPU: 500MHz Dual Core
Storage: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth, DMB, DAB, FM, TV Out, USB 2.0
Video: AVI, WMV, MP4/H.264 (480 x 272 at 30fps)
Audio: MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis
Picture: JPG, GIF, PNG, SMI
Sensors: Accelerometer (G-Sensor)
Battery: 55 hours (music playback), 11 hours (video playback), 350 hours (standby)
Dimensions: 105.75 x 57.08 x 12.7mm (4.16 x 2.25 x 0.5″)


AMOLED combined with touch: my fingers tingle just thinking about it. The S9 has been around a bit but I’m just getting around to posting about it. Actually I wrote about it back in September of 2008 but I am revisiting this cool little PMP with a nice AMOLED. The S9 sports a capacitive touch-enabled 3.3″ AMOLED display featuring a 480 x 272 pixel format. The design is very simple and elegant–even more so than an iPhone. The DMB feature won’t be too useful in the US but the S9 supports a variety of video and audio playback formats. You can listen to FM radio and record it too. One of the coolest feature of the S9 is the built-in Adobe Flash Player that lets you play Flash games and web-based Flash content. I wonder if you can play Hulu video content on this? Pictures of GUI after the jump.


The folks at Cowon spent some time sprucing up the GUI and I think they did a pretty good job. Not as slick as the iPhone’s but cool nonetheless. Amazon has the 16GB version for $223.95 and is ranked #449 in the ‘Electronics’ department as of this writing. One of the comments made caught my attention: “The 64 million-color AMOLED screen is so amazing it will make you wonder how you survived without it.” There are 12 customer reviews with 11 of them giving 4 stars or more.

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