Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Sandisk mini video player uses flash memory.
(This is a preview, not a review.)

At the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, flash memory maker SanDisk introduced Sansa View, its first widescreen portable media player. The flash-based Sansa View is a sleek, yet simple, video player that supports a wide array of content formats and comes equipped with a memory expansion slot.

Other compact video players have used hard drives, but flash memory uses much less power, providing longer playing time between battery charges.

While the Sansa View is pocket-able, it features a large 4” widescreen display. It can show movies, display photos (up to 16 megapixels), play music, or even combine the two in a slideshow. The player has a speaker, and can also be used with a headset. Audio and video (up to 1080i) can be fed to other equipment through a 30-pin connector.

The Sansa View has 8GB of internal flash memory to store up to 33 video hours or 2,000 songs or thousands of photos. Its flash memory expansion slot can also be used for additional memory capacity, and playback of content found on SD and SDHC cards, such as Disney® Max Clips™.

Works with most download and music subscription services, including Rhapsody, MTV Urge™ and Yahoo! Music™. Works with Windows Media Player™ 10 or 11 for syncing of content, and with Windows Vista™. Removable Li-Polymer battery provides up to four hours of continuous video playback and 10 hours of continuous audio playback. An extended-life battery—will be sold separately. The Sansa View should be available in a few months, for under $300.

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