Sandisk never fails to impress with their MP3 players. At CES they were showing off the Sansa View and the Sansa Clip. These new players show up Apple’s current lineup not only in features, but as well as in price. The view’s new hotness: available in capacities up to 32GB (flash based, not hard drive). The clip trounces the iPod shuffle by offering not only 4GB for the price of 1, but also throwing in a screen, FM tuner/recorder, voice recorder, and an equalizer. Both players are available now for half the price (and twice the features) that their Apple made counterparts command - perfect for the thrifty music lover in your life.
Sandisk might just take a bite out of Apple with their Sansa View Video and MP3 Player. It will play MP3s, WMA, and WAV files, as well as MPEG4, WMV, and H.264 video at 30 fps. It also handles audio books and JPG images, and has a digital FM tuner with 20 presets. At the diminutive size of 4.29 x 1.95 x 0.35-inches and weight of 2.9 oz., it features a 2.4-inch TFT screen with 320 x 240 res. The View features a rechargeable lithium polymer battery for 35 hours of audio or 7 hours of video. Take your choice of the 8 GB model for $149.99 or the 16 GB for $199.99.
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We look at SanDisk’s first PMP, the Sansa View in this episode. The device has a 4-inch widescreen 640x480 display, and 8 GB embedded flash memory which provides for about 16 full-length movies. Even better, it has a full-size SD slot so you can add another 8 GB of memory to the unit. It’s also extremely thin, and feels great in the hand. It gets about 4 hours of video playback, and has a removeable battery, allowing you to add a higher power battery if you like. Available in March for $299 USD.
SanDisk’s Sansa View comes with 8GB of flash memory and the ability to output at up to 1080i when it’s not playing back video (of various, capable codecs, though we don’t have specifics yet) on its 4-inch screen. Expect up to 4 hours of video playback and around 10 hours of audio, basic PlaysForSure support and a $299 price tag come later Q1 when it’s released.
We’ll try for some hands-on time if we can track one down on the show floor.
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