January 15, 2008 They haven't even reached their first birthday but SanDisk Corporation has announced capacity increases for two of its Flash-based digital media players at CES 2008. The diminutive Sansa Clip moves from a top capacity of 2GB to 4GB, while the Sansa View jumps to 32GB from a previous top capacity of 16 GB. Both units include a built-in microphone for voice recording, built-in FM tuner and support for MP3, WMA, WAV and Audible audio book formats.
The new 4GB version of the Sansa Clip, which weighs in at only 0.9 ounces, can store around 1,000 songs, runs for 15 hours on its rechargeable battery, comes in silver with a mirror finish on the front and differentiates itself from its rival the iPod Shuffle by featuring a bright OLED color screen, which allows users to select the music they hear. Not surprisingly given its name the unit comes with a clip that makes it easy to attach to clothing, a backpack or purse. The clip is detachable, so the device can become even smaller when the clip isn’t needed.
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The new 32GB Sansa View features a 2.4-inch TFT color screen with 320x240 resolution for playback of full-motion video and can hold 48 two-hour movies or around 8,000 songs. The rechargeable, long-lasting lithium ion battery provides 35 hours of audio or 7 hours of video playback. Weighing 2.9 ounces, the Sansa View has built-in support for the MPEG4, WMV and H.264 video formats, can display JPEG photos and has a microSD/microSDHC card slot. By adding SanDisk’s 8GB microSDHC card, the total capacity of the new 32GB Sansa View increases to 40GB.
The 4GB Sansa Clip is expected to be available in February in the US with an MSRP of USD$79.99 while the 32GB Sansa View is expected to be available in February in the United States with an MSRP of USD$349.99.
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