Today, Japanese maker Thanko started selling its newest product, a portable media player powered by a small solar panel. The so-called “Solar MP4 Player” is Nippon-only and costs $95.
It supports MP3/WMA/WAV audio and AVI/RM/MPG/VOB/DAT/RMVB video files. Additionally, the player can serve as a voice recorder, an FM radio and it also displays JPEGs. Several games are preinstalled as well. The device is also usable as an audio book player.
The 2 inch TFT display comes with a resolution of 220×176. The player is equipped with a mere 4 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via micro SD cards.
Thanko claims charging the player for 1 hour via its solar panel is enough to listen to 35 minutes of music or to watch 15 minutes of video.