Samsung YP-R1

The Samsung YP-R1 (also known as Samsung R1 worldwide or Yepp R1 in Korea or ”’Samsung R’MIX”’ in France because of its DJ feature) is a portable media player made by Samsung, first leaked on the webshop on June 14, 2009 and then released end of September 2009. It was developed along with the YP-R0 with which it shares several specifications (similar aluminum design, same Linux kernel and SoC). The R1 is available in four different Flash memory capacities: 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. It comes in three different colors: black, silver and pink. It features an aluminum case, a 2.6 inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 240 by 400 pixels, a RDS FM tuner, bluetooth (v2.0 + EDR) and a proprietary USB connector. Several EQ and sound effects are available through Samsung’s DNSe 3.0 sound engine.

The Samsung R1 is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X when USB mode is set to MSC as a drag and drop USB mass storage device. The player can also function as a Windows Media 10 and up device when USB mode is set to MTP. The R1 is the last Samsung MP3 player to have this proprietary USB connector (first introduced end of 2006 on the YP-K5). Newer devices have a standard microUSB connector. Besides the touchscreen, it also has 3 physical keys (power/hold, volume up, volume down). The R1 only powers fully off after several hours not being used or when pressing the reset hole. The rest of the time it only switches to a sleep mode. Samsung claims up to 25 hours of music playback (with MP3 128kbit/s files, volume level 15, normal sound mode and display off) and 5 hours of video playback (SVI, brightness 3, volume level 15, normal sound mode). The R1 features an icon and widget based TouchWiz user interface developed in landscape mode. However it is possible to rotate the “Now Playing” screen to portrait mode.

The YP-R1 has a bluetooth 2.0 + EDR chip which supports several profiles including A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, Object Push etc… As a result, it is possible to receive and emit phone calls on the R1 over bluetooth, to send and receive files or to listen to music with a stereo bluetooth headset.

Marketed as a major feature, especially in France where the commercial name R’MIX comes from, the DJ feature was often viewed as superfluous by the reviewers and users. This feature allows the user to scratch and apply several DJ filters and pre-recorded samples on a music track. The final result cannot be saved though. This feature was first introduced on the Samsung Platine/Beat DJ mobile phone a few months ago.

The R1 has four embedded games (Bubble Bang, Sudoku Champ, AstroRanger and WiseStar) and also supports SWF flash games and applications. It also has a voice recorder and a TV line-out using a 3.5mm to RCA cable.

No additional CD is shipped with the R1 but the optional software EmoDio can be found in the device’s internal memory or can be downloaded from the official Samsung website. EmoDio (discontinued, now replaced by Kies) is able to sync one’s library with the R1, convert video files, manage playlists, rip CDs etc..

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