Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sony announce Bluetooth Walkmans

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

Sony has unveiled the latest Walkman media players, now with Bluetooth connectivity. There is a choice of 8GB or 4GB capacity - dubbed the NWZ-A828 and the NWZ-A826, respectively - with both standard and Bluetooth earphones.

Both capacity players have a 2.4", 240 x 320 pixel display and support H.264 and MPEG 4 video formats. JPEG images can be displayed on the player, which mimics Apple’s iPod Touch by incorporating an accelerometer that lets it display images in different orientations when its position is changed from vertical to horizontal.

A wide range of audio formats are supported, including AAC, MP3, WMA and WMA DRM.

You’ll get around 36 hours of audio playback when using the supplied cabled headphones, falling to about 15 hours when streaming music wirelessly to the supplied Bluetooth-enabled cans. Video playback is claimed to be around ten hours.

The 8GB NWZ-A828 and 4GB NWZ-A826 Walkman DMPs will both be available in Europe from April.


Brett's 2p'orth: I find wired headphones irritating so it is good to see Sony taking the erm... lead on this, if only because it might 'inspire' Apple to start implementing stereo Bluetooth on their iPod/iPhone ranges.

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