In this article, I’m reviewing the new HiBy Digital M300 Digital Audio Player (DAP). The M300 is an Android 13-based device and features a SnapDragon 665 SOC along with a Cirrus Logic CS43131 DAC chip. It’s priced at $199.
Disclaimer: This sample was provided by HiBy for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own, based on my experience with the product.
The M300 is available in white, black and blue. Its aluminium chassis is 113*58*13mm and has glass front and back faces. It has a 4″ hi-res 5-point multitouch IPS display with a resolution of 1280×640. I found the display bright and clear and visible even in direct sunlight.
The top of the device has dual built-in microphones that can be used for voice notes and interviews. On the bottom is the 3.5mm headphone output, a USB-C port and the built-in speaker. There’s a Micro SD card slot on the left side that supports up to 2TB of storage.
The power button and playback controls are located on the right side of the M300, in addition to a customizable function switch that can be used for one-touch recording, buttons lock, loudspeaker mute and screen flip. More functions will be added to this switch in future OTA firmware updates.
Internals & Hardware
At the heart of the M300 is a SnapDragon 665 SOC powering the Android 13 operating system. In charge of decoding duties is a Cirrus Logic CS43131 DAC chip. The CS43131 supports up to PCM 32-bit/768kHz and native DSD256. There is 3GB of system memory and 32GB of flash memory built-in to the device.