SanDisk announces Sansa View flagship video MP3 player

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sandisk_sansa_view_front_shot.jpgSanDisk has announced its new Sansa View video MP3 player, offering a number of cool features but without costing the earth.

The two new models, expected to arrive in October, are a step up from the Sansa e200 series, offering either 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage, plus up to 8GB of additional storage via optional microSD/microSDHC cards.

The players natively supporting major audio and video formats including MP3, WMA, WAV, H.264, WMV, and MPEG4, plus the ability to convert other formats, including DivX, via the Sansa Media Converter software. It also supports many music download and subscription services including Rhapsody To Go, Napster, and eMusic.

The Sansa View features a smooth, backlit scroll wheel, 2.4-inch widescreen display with 320×240 resolution, pencil-thin width (8.8mm at thinnest part), voice recording with built-in microphone, video playback at up to 30fps, digital FM radio, gapless music playback, and up to 35 hours of audio or seven hours of video playback per battery charge.

In the States, the 8GB version is expected to retail for $149.99, with the 16GB costing $199.99. No official UK prices have been announced yet, but is likely to be around £150 for the 8GB and £200 for the 16GB version.

We’ll let you know when it hits UK stores in October.

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