Rio Carbon To Battle iPod Mini

The 5GB Carbon features a 5GB mini hard drive built by Seagate, as opposed to a 4GB hard drive in Apple’s hot iPod Mini. The Carbon, set to retail for $249 – the same price as the iPod Mini, and is due to ship sometime near the end of August.

From Rio’s product description:

The Rio Carbon 5GB is the next generation compact player with power and performance. Rio Carbon 5GB is perfect for the music lover with a few hundred CDs or someone starting out their digital audio collection who wants room to grow. The ultra slim design goes anywhere, and its superb battery life of up to 20 hours continues long after mini-powered players have died.

With it’s built-in voice memo recorder you can quickly capture your thoughts and organize your ideas. And like all Rio players, the Rio Carbon uses simple menus and intuitive controls for easy one-handed operation. In the box with your Carbon is a USB cable for downloading music as well as battery charging from your computer. Also included is an AC power adapter and carrying case.

Check back with Designtechnica for a review of the product when it becomes available.