Blu-ray Wes Novack on 19 Jun 2007

Chinese Blu-ray player spotted

Chinese Blu-ray player spotted
A post over on HighDefDigest guided us to a Chinese manufacturer named Gowell that has specifications and an image rendition of a new Blu-ray standalone player. Here are the player specs and the image, found on the Gowell site.

·Support Blu-ray driver
·USB 2.0 interface(high speed) & card reader
·Support SD/MMC/MS/XD card
·Support 1G NAND Flash
·DISC Playable: Blu-ray disc /H.264 /MPEG4 /DivX /XviD /DVD /SVCD /VCD /CD /MP3 /Kodak
Picture /Photo CD /WMV9


·Support: DivX3.11/4.02/5.02/5.03/5.05 and later,DivXPro, XviD,Nero digital
·PAL/NTSC/MULTI TV system compatible
·Full function remote control
·Support 4:3 & 16:9 TV mode
·High Definition video(HDMI V1.3) output
·10/100M BaseT Ethernet (RJ45)
·Mini PCI interface ,Support wireless home networking
·SATA HDD socket
·Building in HDD
  ·Component video output (Y,Pb,Pr)
·Composite video output
·S-Video output
·SPDIF Coaxial digital audio output
·Optical digital audio output(optional)
·Scart output
·5.1-CH Surround Sound Output
·2CH Dolby Downmix Output

Is this Blu-ray player for real?

This Gowell Blu-ray player appears to have some very nice specifications and boasts a large assortment of powerful features. At this point though, there has been no concrete proof that the product actually exists. There have been no actual photos of the player and there is no guarantee that it will actually make it to the consumer market.

Nonetheless, there is a lot of excitement and discussion over this device and the possibility that it might bring low-priced Blu-ray players to the USA. Gowell appears to be an OEM supplier, so if we do ever see this player, it will most likely appear under a different brand name. Personally, until I see any official annoucements or price-tags for this player, I will be filing it in the possible-vaporware locker.

5 Responses to “Chinese Blu-ray player spotted”

  1. on 20 Jun 2007 at 3:16 PM 1.Frank said …

    Where are the cheap Chinese-made HD-DVD players promised by Toshiba?

  2. on 20 Jun 2007 at 10:08 PM 2.Dartman said …

    Waiting for the cheap Chinese multi format….

  3. on 20 Jun 2007 at 10:45 PM 3.Wesley Novack said …

    Actually, the Toshiba HD-D2 HD DVD player that I own says “made in China” right on the box.

  4. on 21 Jun 2007 at 4:06 PM 4.Steve said …

    Aside from the sub-par translation, it doesn’t say it supports VC-1 which would not make it fully Blu-ray capable. It does support AVC though, which isn’t DVD.

    What’s with the internal HDD? And an SATA port for an external one? Is this a burner? That would be interesting.

  5. on 21 Jun 2007 at 5:15 PM 5.Wesley Novack said …

    Yeah, the specs are all over the place, which is why I call it vaporware for now…

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