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The Sansa View widescreen portable media player
SanDisk goes after the portable video market with its first widescreen portable media player

In addition to the Sansa Connect and USBTV, SanDisk also introduced at CES its first widescreen portable media player dubbed the Sansa View. The Sansa View features a 4”widescreen display and can play videos, display photos (up to 16 megapixels), play music, or even combine the two in a slideshow format. The player also comes equipped with an integrated speaker for watching and listening to content.

“SanDisk is excited to unveil its first portable media device with remarkably rich video capabilities,” said Le Tran, SanDisk retail product marketing manager for the Sansa View. “The Sansa View is a sturdy, easy-to-use media player perfect for the road warrior or family looking for a video player that they all can enjoy.”

The Sansa View measures at 78.5mm x 123mm x 16.9mm (0.66” thick) and has 8GB of internal flash memory plus the option to add more with its SD memory expansion slot allows for additional memory capacity. It can output content to a TV screen through a 30-pin connector (up to 1080i with docking station) for video and a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio.

The Sansa View video player works with Windows Media Player 10 or 11 for syncing of content, and is said to work with most download and music subscription services, including Rhapsody, MTV Urge and Yahoo! Music.

The player contains a removable Li-Polymer battery that provides up to four hours of continuous video playback and 10 hours of continuous audio playback. A user-replaceable Li-Polymer battery — along with an extended-life battery — will be sold separately.

Retailing for $299 MSRP, the 8GB Sansa View is expected to be available from retailers in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2007, with Canada and Europe to follow in the second quarter.

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only 8gb
By Predatorgsr on 1/9/2007 1:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
I have the Sansa e280, and for me it is the perfect compromise for video and music. It too has 8gb of space, and is primarily aimed at the mp3 player market. I have about 6 gigs of songs on it, and the other two gigs I throw some simpsons episodes on there for when I have to wait places.

The thing is that 8gb is the perfect size for my mp3 player, but I can't imagine it lasting very long for a dedicated video player.

RE: only 8gb
By Bull Dog on 1/9/2007 3:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
well my interest will depend upon two things. How thin it is and how large of a SD card it can read.

RE: only 8gb
By Omega215D on 1/9/2007 4:06:01 PM , Rating: 2
I have the Sansa E280 and I can have a 2GB MicroSD card in there. It'll be a while someone fits 4GB into a small card like that. I would think there would be no limit with machines from Sandisk because they make memory cards too.

I'm not liking the slow choppy performance with my e280 though so I hope they make a firmware with useful upgrades instead of just adding languages and an EQ that fuzzes up the sound.

RE: only 8gb
By Spyvie on 1/9/2007 4:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 1GB MicroSD for my Sansa, with the card in the slot the database has to be refreshed every time you turn it on… that adds about 30sec to the startup time so I don’t use it anymore.

The e200 series only supports Quicktime @ 15fps, I’d have to assume they’re using a different processor with support for more codecs on this unit. Probably with better compression than QT.

By daftrok on 1/9/2007 4:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing that this player has beyond the Creative Vision:W and the Archos players is the ability to broadcast 1080i using a dock. Think about it, do you really think 8 GB will be enough to store music, photos AND videos (especially HD videos). Why don't they put a decent HDD in this thing? It has the potential to be amazing but the 8 GB just makes me not want to buy it.

RE: Hmmm...
By Spyvie on 1/9/2007 5:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
As I recall, the first e200 devices were only 2 or 4GB, the e280 didn't arrive till 6 months later. Likewize, I'd say there's a good chance the capacity of this player will increase as the product matures and flash memory gets cheaper.

RE: Hmmm...
By Johnmcl7 on 1/9/2007 6:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
8GB seems far too limited for a video device, I have an Archos 504 with 160GB simply because my previous model was the 40GB and I found video quickly chewed through it especially if doing a lot of recording.


By Spyvie on 1/9/2007 12:10:55 PM , Rating: 2
The form factor looks perfect, if the price falls below the MSRP this may be the first product of it’s type I’d actually like to buy.

I wonder if it will have a mass storage mode like my E260…

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