Thanks to Pocketables reader pk, I just learned that iriver America has quietly begun selling the metallic D5 multimedia e-dictionary at their online store. Available in both black and white, the 2GB ($299.99) and 4GB ($349.99) clamshell media players are the first e-dictionaries in the company’s Dicple series to ever be sold in the US.

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Iriver doesn’t mention whether the UI is in Korean [Update: It is], as it was when I played with it at CES 2008 and as it should be given its intended audience, but they do reveal that the tiny handheld ships with a pouch, earphones, USB 2.0 cable, installation CD, and printed start guide.

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I’ve gone over the specs of the device before, but here they are again:

  • 3-inch 480 x 272 TFT display
  • 52-key QWERTY keyboard
  • Dictionaries: Korean-English, English-English, Korean-Japanese, Korean-Chinese
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG
  • Video: AVI (MPEG-4 SP)
  • Photo: JPG (3600 x 2400), GIFT (1024 x 768), BMP (1024 x 768)
  • Text viewer
  • FM radio
  • Voice recorder

The iriver D5 is undoubtedly overpriced, but it’s actually a bit cheaper than I thought it would be. You might remember that when the unit was revealed last summer, I expected prices to fall between the $350 and $450 range. I spent about that much to import the lesser-featured iriver D26 last year, so the idea of spending $300 for what would just be a 2GB PMP to anyone who wouldn’t use the dictionary function doesn’t sound that unreasonable to me.

Thanks, pk!

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