FiiO is a Chinese company established in 2007 that manufactures audio equipment. It is best known for its portable HiFi music players but also makes amplifiers, earphones, and DACs. Its latest Hi-Fi audio player is the FiiO M7 and it is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7270 processor.
One of Samsung’s aim for this year is to get its Exynos chipsets into more devices and it appears phones are not the only devices it has in mind. The 14nm Exynos 7270 belongs to the Exynos 7 Dual series and is an example of Samsung’s SiP-ePoP (Sip: System-in-Package, ePoP: embedded Package on Package).
What this means is that the processor also includes the memory DRAM and eMMC and power management IC. All these are crammed into a 10 x 10mm frame with a 30% reduction in size and 20% more power efficiency over previous generation chips.
The processor was actually designed for smartwatches so as to provide longer life without increasing the battery capacity and making the watch thicker. Now it has found its way into an audio player.
The FiiO M7 has a 3.2” 480 x 800 display. The processor is clocked at 1.0GHz with 2GB of storage. There is a microSD expansion slot that lets you add an extra 512GB of storage.
The audio player has a ES9018Q2C DAC, LDAC, and has support for DSD audio. It also has FM radio and USB audio support. For connectivity, there is a USB-C port and Bluetooth 4.2 (aptX and aptX-HD).
There is no mention of the battery capacity but FiiO says the M7 can last 20 hours on a single charge and 40 days on standby. It appears the Fiio M7 has not been officially launched as there is no pricing and availability info at the moment.