Cowon S9 Curve, the personal media player of the future, to ship this month

No, this is not some vaporous design concept. It's the Cowon S9 Curve, a portable media player that will actually be available in the U.S. sometime this month. Setting it apart is its 3.3-inch AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) touchscreen, the sharpest and most-efficient screen tech to date. With its 480 x 272 widescreen resolution, it should be a tack-sharp display, especially at that small size.

While we'll probably just keep using our iPhones for video and audio on the go, the curved sexiness of the Cowon S9 is tempting. Adding more fuel to our desire is its dual-core 500MHz processor inside, a choice of 8GB or 16GB capacities, voice recorder, Bluetooth, and even an FM radio. Add to that its AMOLED screen of the future and Cowon's usually reasonable pricing, and this could be a big winner, putting serious pressure on the Archos players, and especially the iPod Touch.

AVing, via Ubergizmo